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More bad injury luck for Jaime Garcia

May 5, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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As if Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia‘s luck wasn’t bad enough with pitching injuries now he’s got a hitting injury.

While rehabbing his shoulder injury in the minors Garcia came to the plate because pitchers bat in the Double-A Texas League, so naturally he was plunked in the elbow by a pitch. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that X-rays did not show a fracture, so he’s been diagnosed with a bruise for now.

As Garcia put it: “It’s really, really frustrating. I get out of one thing and something else happens.”

Before the hit by pitch Garcia had been slated to throw around 80 pitches, so if the elbow injury isn’t a major setback he could be relatively close to rejoining the Cardinals.

  1. beepbeepbeeplgb - May 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    WORST LUCK EVER! i feel so bad for this guy. one damn thing after another. good to see motte had a nice little outing though.

  2. ereed1286 - May 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    the DH still sucks though. NL baseball is just plain better.

    • ezthinking - May 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Ummm, no. It isn’t. Now he can’t pitch or hit.

      If you want to see F-level talent hit, go to a Division 3 softball game.

      If pitchers are going to hit, then every position player must pitch at least 9 innings during the season. It’s only fair after all.

      Oh, and the endless pitching changes and removing good pitchers for shatty ones so a bench player can pinch hit succkkss too. The ony ‘managing’ that goes on there is keeping fat-azzes at home happy fourth-guessing a double-switch where the entire team and game gets worse and holds a flicker of hope on a lost dream out there for some schmuck who still thinks if he was just given a better shot in little league he could have been a fringe major leaguer call upon to hit with the game on the line for the stud pitcher who can’t hit a lick.

      Just sad.

      • paperlions - May 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Let’s extend that shall we?

        I don’t want to see F-level talent play the field either, so let’s have designated fielders for guys that can’t catch (there a LOT of these guys playing baseball….far more than there are DH spots).

        I also don’t want to see slow unathletic guys run the bases…so let’s have designated runners for all slow, ambling players, too.

        I mean, who wants a game in which players are expected to contributed to both offense and defense…let’s just turn them all into football analogs.

      • ereed1286 - May 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Your argument makes as much sense as making Prince Fielder a pinch runner.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Ummm, yes. It is better baseball.

  3. plmathfoto - May 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Which elbow? Makes a big difference for a pitcher to state the obvious.

    • missingdiz - May 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Goold reported it was his left.

    • grumpyoleman - May 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Assuming he bats lefthanded too, how does he get hit by a pitch in the left elbow

  4. okwhitefalcon - May 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Diagnosed as “a bruise for now” usually translates to “broken arm” in Cardinals speak..

    That aside, I hope it’s nothing serious and he can return and give it (another) go at some point soon.

    Having both he and Motte (and Joe Kelly) back and effective would be a big time luxury that would change the pitching staffs look dramatically.

    If not, I suspect we’ll see Mo dealing for trustable bull pen help as he has the last 3 seasons.

    Either way, the team we see now isn’t the team we’ll see as the season progresses – plenty of payroll flexibility to add whatever is needed (assuming availability) if players don’t step up when called upon.

    • timmmah10 - May 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      I think the trade deadline is going to involve a lot of overpayment for relievers again this year. This is why the Tigers signed a guy that can barely throw in Hanrahan. The market will be a seller’s one at the deadline, and you’ll have a lot of prospects being shipped for barely above average bull pen arms once again.

      Bullpens need to be grown from the farm, not purchased… this is why the Tigers are struggling.. the bullpen arms they gave up in years past have been burning them for the past few seasons… and they aren’t the only ones with that problem.

      • okwhitefalcon - May 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Perceived overpayment is usually the case at the deadline but not necessarily the eventual outcome as hindsight says.

        The Cards usually deal from strength and the bullpen players they’ve traded for to augment during the season of late have for the most part (maybe not Axford so much) directly contributed to deep post season runs.

      • timmmah10 - May 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Won’t argue that it sometimes works out, but there are far more situations that don’t.

        All comes down to GMs nabbing the right guys.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      I took “brusie for now” to mean his arm actually fell off!

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