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Jaime Garcia goes four-plus innings in second rehab start

Aug 5, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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Jaime Garcia can finally spot the finish line.

The 26-year-old left-hander made his second minor league rehab start on Saturday evening at Double-A Springfield, surrendering just one run on two hits over 4 1/3 impressive innings. He struck out six and did not issue a walk while inducing six groundball outs.

According to Kary Booher of the Springfield News-Leader, Garcia is scheduled to make a third rehab start on Thursday. If that goes smoothly, he could be activated from the disabled list and cleared to rejoin the St. Louis staring rotation five days later.

That will mean pushing Joe Kelly or Lance Lynn into a middle relief gig.

Garcia had an underwhelming 4.48 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 66 1/3 innings this season before hitting the shelf, but his career ERA is 3.45 and his career WHIP is 1.34. He struck out 156 batters in 32 starts last year.

  1. paperlions - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Lance Lynn to the bull pen?

    Because his FIP is 18th among starters in all of baseball?

    Because his ERA is 14th among starters in the NL?

    Because he has the 10th highest K rate in all of baseball?

  2. jaygott87 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Plus Lynn only has 13 wins, seriously how do you get a job to write when you’re that ignorant?

    • Drew Silva - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      The guy citing “wins” wants to talk about ignorance.

  3. jaygott87 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    What’s the most important thing in a baseball game? I’m thinking it’s to win.

    • Drew Silva - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Haha. Beautiful.

  4. jaygott87 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    You know like when Lynn gives up 6 ER in 5 IP and gets the “W” :)

  5. maynardstool - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Because he’s young and he’s already pitched more innings this year than ever before.
    He’d be a dominant 8th inning man the rest of the year.

  6. doovyhan - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Obviously kelly will be pushed into the pen when Garcia comes back, but i would love to seek another starter so that Lynn can be pushed into a relief role as well. That has nothing to do with Lynn being uneffective, its more of a precautionary measure regarding his workload. Lynn still has some fire left in the tank, but his lack of experience as a starter for a full season can prove to be a liability in September, and that could be crucial to contenders like the Cards.

    Right now Lynn looks sharp enough, and he might be able to last the whole year as a starter, of course. But do know that it is completely rational to consider putting the guy in the bullpen.

    Oh, and please stop referring to wins when talking about a pitcher’s caliber. It just goes to show how ignorant one is.

    • jeffbbf - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      One is ignorant only if wins is the only stat someone refers to in describing a pitcher’s effectiveness, but it certainly isn’t an irrelevant piece of data. Sure, there are some pitchers every year who win more games that it appears they should have based on luck, their offense, etc. But a win, for the most part, reflects positively on a starting pitcher in terms of simply doing better than the other guy on that day. Look at the leader boards every year. The best pitchers in baseball are almost always there. They generally keep their runs allowed low and pitch deeper into games than your average starter. That would seem to be a winning formula, and certainly nothing to scoff at. Obviously, there are stats that look deeper into a pitcher’s performance and effectiveness, but let’s not ignore the win!

  7. makeham98 - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    The guy on the rehab start went longer than Oswalt.

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