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Jaime Garcia, Jason Motte nearing rehab games

Apr 29, 2014, 11:08 PM EDT

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The Cardinals announced Tuesday night, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that injured pitchers Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte have been cleared to begin minor league rehab assignments this weekend with Double-A Springfield.

Garcia is set to make the first of what will likely be several rehab starts on Sunday against the Double-A affiliate of the Rockies. He hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 2013 because of chronic shoulder troubles and the Cardinals can’t be sure of what they’re going to get from him this year.

Motte is on his way back from Tommy John elbow surgery. At almost 12 months removed from the procedure, he’s hitting just 92-93 mph with his fastball. Motte averaged 96.8 mph with his fastball in 2012, and he could spend quite a bit of time in the minor leagues considering how much of his past effectiveness relied on throwing heat.

  1. Carl Hancock - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Too bad they can’t hit.

    • gibbyfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      I think the hitting is starting to come around a little and you can never have too much pitching. Cards have to right the ship because losing to a very wounded Brewers team (1/2 the hitters out last night) does not bode well and means right now they can use all the help they can get.

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