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Surgery recommended for Jaime Garcia’s left shoulder

Oct 13, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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It wasn’t all good news for the Cardinals yesterday.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, three different surgeons have independently offered a “unanimous recommendation” that Jaime Garcia undergo a debridement of his left shoulder.

After leaving his start in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Monday, Garcia sought advice from Dr. Robert Altchek, Dr. Lewis Yocum and Cardinals medical supervisor Dr. George Paletta. The southpaw may get a fourth opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but he is expected to make a decision soon because of the extended rehab time involved.

If Garcia goes ahead with the procedure, he will likely be shutdown for three months before beginning rehab, which puts him at risk for missing the early part of the 2013 season. If he ends up needing more extensive repair of his labrum or shoulder joint, it’s possible he could miss most or all of the 2013 season.

Garcia posted a 3.92 ERA over 20 starts this season and missed two months with a shoulder strain. The 26-year-old signed a long-term extension with the Cardinals last year and is owed $5.75 million next season, $7.75 million in 2014 and $9.25 million in 2015. His contract also includes club options for 2016 and 2017.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Alright Jaime…get it done. Or are you looking for opinion #4?

  2. cintiphil - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    What? they need another pitcher just like skippy needs peanut butter. Give us a little chance, PLEASE!.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Phil: With your starting five you are in no position to talk about pitching depth.
      In September you guys used a starter not on your opening day staff. September!

      • cintiphil - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Not because they wanted to use him. They had to because Cueto was out. But still, I would trade our staff for the Birds staff any day. In fact, lets trade managers and I would be happy.

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