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Jaime Garcia will attempt to rehab shoulder injury rather than undergo surgery

Oct 18, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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Jaime Garcia appeared bound for shoulder surgery after receiving the same diagnosis from three different doctors last week, but it turns out he won’t go under the knife. At least not yet.

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Dr. James Andrews recommended that Garcia attempt to rehab a rotator cuff strain and inflammation in his left shoulder rather than undergo surgery. He’ll be re-evaluated in two or three weeks by Cardinals head physician Dr. George Paletta, so plans could change if he fails to make progress.

Garcia posted a 3.92 ERA over 20 starts this season and missed two months with a shoulder strain. He was pulled from his start in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals last Monday due to continued discomfort. The 26-year-old southpaw is owed $5.75 million next season, $7.75 million in 2014 and $9.25 million in 2015 while his contract includes club options for 2016 and 2017.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Yeah…that’s a wonderful idea Jaime.
    Disregard the THREE or perhaps FOUR opinions you have received thus far.
    You don’t need surgery. The shoulder can be rehabilitated. No problems. Phuqing head case.

  2. cardsfanandi - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Because that worked so well the first time he tried it this year….

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