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Jaime Garcia seeks second opinion, may need surgery

Oct 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Jaime Garcia, Cameron Maybin AP

Jaime Garcia was removed from the Cardinals’ playoff roster yesterday after lasting just two innings in Game 2 and an MRI exam showed shoulder inflammation and a moderate rotator cuff strain.

And now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Garcia will be in New York tomorrow getting a second opinion from Dr. David Altcheck, who has performed surgeries on a number of high profile pitchers over the years.

Strauss previously reported two intriguing things that seemingly were in direct contrast to each other. One was that “several teammates were incensed to learn that Garcia started such a monumental game if indeed compromised physically.” The other was that “a faction within the organization has remained skeptical about the severity of Garcia’s condition.”

So his teammates were “incensed” that he tried to pitch hurt, but his team was “skeptical” that he was actually hurt. I’m not sure how to make sense of those two things, but Strauss is one of the most plugged-in beat reporters in baseball and general manager John Mozeliak’s comments about the situation certainly suggest lots of issues from all parties involved.

What we do know for certain is that this is the third time this season Garcia has been shut down with shoulder problems, including a two-month stint on the disabled list. And now, depending on what the second opinion finds, he may need surgery. If nothing else that would certainly rule out the whole “skeptical about the severity of Garcia’s condition” thing.

  1. makeham98 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Do the Cards get pitching advice from Dusty Baker? How many pitchers go under the knife over the past few years? Buzzsawlike.

  2. dexterismyhero - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    He wants a second opinion.

    Ok, your ugly to.

    Sorry had to do it.

    • ajcardsfan - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      I don’t get it…where’s his ugly supposed to be going or doing? [If you don't get this statement, look closely at above poster's spelling/grammar]

  3. forsch31 - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    As I pointed out yesterday, the idea that “several teammates” were upset that Garcia hid an injury while starting a playoff game and that a “faction within the organization has remained skeptical about the severity of Garcia’s condition” is contradictory does not make much sense.

    You’re making the obvious misread that everybody on the team must be thinking as one hive mind, when Strauss obviously didn’t present it as such. “Several” and “faction” do not mean “all.” Also, Strauss does not say “teammates” with those who are skeptical; he says “within the organization,” which can mean anybody on the Cardinals, including scouts, executives, coaches, even the beer vendor.

    • paperlions - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      You also have to realize Strauss’ tendency for over-statement. If he asked someone about the injury and rather than “no comment” they gave a non-committal ambiguous answer on purpose such as “I don’t know what the nature of the injury is or if he is even injured” (which may have been factually true), Strauss would translate that to “a faction within the organization has remained skeptical about the severity of Garcia’s condition.” He is the ultimate Negative Nancy and shit disturber.

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