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Jaime Garcia to visit Dr. James Andrews

Feb 25, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

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From beat writer Jenifer Langosch of

JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals are delaying comment on the results of Jaime Garcia‘s exam with team physician George Paletta until after the left-hander visits orthopedist James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday.

Garcia began experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder last weekend and flew back to St. Louis on Sunday to have an MRI. Langosch notes that Garcia requested Wednesday’s visit with Andrews, but that doesn’t make it any less ominous.

Garcia was limited to nine starts in 2013 due to May shoulder surgery and struggled with elbow issues in 2012. The 27-year-old southpaw owns an impressive 3.45 ERA and 55.5 percent groundball rate in 551 total major league innings, but arm injuries are now threatening to completely derail his career.

You can probably lock in Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, and Lance Lynn for St. Louis’ season-opening starting rotation. The final spot likely comes down to Joe Kelly or Carlos Martinez.

  1. imgoingtowichita - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    10 months too late IMO

    • forsch31 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      He saw Dr. Andrews 10 months ago. And he saw him before that, too.

      Say it with me: Torn Labrum Ends Careers. That’s what Garcia is facing, and always has been facing.

  2. stex52 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Refer to my Rosenthal post. The surest way to see your pitchers go down is when you are sure you have lots of pitching.

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