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UPDATE: Jaime Garcia will undergo thoracic outlet surgery, done for year

Jul 5, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Garcia will indeed undergo thoracic outlet surgery. He’s done for the year.

1:25 p.m. ET: Jaime Garcia landed on the disabled list late last month with more shoulder issues and now Brian Stull of STLBaseballWeekly.com reports that he is facing a decision on whether to undergo thoracic outlet surgery.

Garcia, 27, was limited to just nine starts with the Cardinals last season due to surgery to repair a 30-40 percent tear in his labrum. He managed to return this May and posted a 4.12 ERA over seven starts prior to being placed on the disabled list with what was termed as a left shoulder inflammation. Thoracic outlet surgery, which usually involves having a rib removed to alleviate a nerve issue, would essentially end his season.

Garcia is owed $9.25 million next season while his contract includes club options for 2016 and 2017. With a 3.50 ERA over nearly 600 innings in the majors, he has been effective when healthy, but those days have been few and far between recently.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I think we all knew Garcia wouldn’t be back this season, if at all – that’s a tough diagnosis.

    The other shoe likely drops Monday with Wacha’s scheduled MRI on his “stress reaction” shoulder.

    Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst I suppose…

    • gibbyfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Yes I think Garcia is pretty much a write off but losing Wacha would be major—but if everyone else stays healthy they should still have a decent enough rotation to easily make the PS. What has to happen is the hitting needs to improve which it seems to be doing..

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Realistically, this on top of his other shoulder problems? Garcia’s done for his career, not his year. I think he should have faced reality and skipped the surgery.

  2. tuberippin - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Dude is toast. Two shoulder surgeries in two years.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Did anyone catch the audio of Mo’s interview on Garcia’s injury?

    It’s easily the most irritated I’ve ever heard him, not happy on how Garcia handled the situation.

  4. okwhitefalcon - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    An excellent read on Garcia’s frayed relationship with the Cardinals front office/medical team this morning from Joe Strauss can be read here:

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/joe-strauss/strauss-little-trust-between-garcia-cardinals/article_a36a921b-5229-549e-956b-51aea4e63fb6.html

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