Skip to content

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Jaime Garcia: “I’m frustrated … you try to be patient with people”

Jul 6, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

jaime garcia getty Getty Images

Cardinals southpaw Jaime Garcia has made just 16 starts since the beginning of the 2013 campaign and is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on his shoulder this week for thoracic outlet syndrome.

Those facts alone would be ample reason for John Mozeliak and the Cardinals to feel disappointed, but it sounds like a lack of communication from the 27-year-old left-hander is what’s truly bothering the normally calm and calculated general manager.

MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch has the story

The consensus has been that Jaime Garcia’s trip to the disabled list stemmed from issues with his surgically repaired left shoulder, but the dejected left-hander admitted Saturday he is dealing with nerve issues and was strongly considering surgery.

That was news to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, who after learning of Garcia’s comments, held an impromptu session with reporters shortly before first pitch to announce that the lefty would meet with Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis on Monday as a precursor to season-ending surgery.

“I sound frustrated, look frustrated. I’m frustrated,” Mozeliak said. “You try to be patient with people, and I think this organization does an amazing job protecting players. Certainly we would have loved to have heard from him.”

“To go from DL to this, it’s been rather quick,” Mozeliak added. “In terms of where we were yesterday to where we are today, it does seem rather dramatic and quick. Obviously he internalized this and decided to make a decision. If this is something he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it. It still doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have notified us a little bit more. … From a medical staff, we felt like there were some other options he could consider before taking this step. Obviously, again, he chose to go down this path.”

Garcia is making $7.75 million this season, owed $9.25 million next season, and carries club options for 2016 ($11.5 million) and 2017 ($12 million). He may have already thrown his last pitch in a St. Louis uniform.

Latest Posts
  1. 2015 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 30, 2015, 12:04 PM EDT

    Chip Hale, Dave Stewart, Tony LaRussa AP

    New regime, different results?

  2. MLB owns a stake in daily fantasy sports

    Mar 30, 2015, 11:35 AM EDT

    Money Bag

    Daily Fantasy Sports is not, legally speaking, gambling. But it is somewhat surprising to see Major League Baseball taking a stake in it.

  3. Mets “still may try to trade Dillon Gee within the month”

    Mar 30, 2015, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dillon Gee Getty Getty Images

    He’s owed $5.3 million for 2015 and is also under team control for 2016 via arbitration.

  4. Marlins release outfielder Reed Johnson

    Mar 30, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park Reuters

    Looks like the end of the line for the 38-year-old.

  5. The New York press is getting desperate in their search for A-Rod intrigue

    Mar 30, 2015, 10:36 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP AP

    A-Rod’s worst offense yet: not giving the press anything to be offended about.

  6. Brewers release former All-Star closer Chris Perez

    Mar 30, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    chris perez getty Getty Images

    Perez was a back-to-back All-Star in 2011 and 2012.

  7. Players are taking home a much smaller percentage of revenue than they used to

    Mar 30, 2015, 10:04 AM EDT

    Tony Clark AP

    What, if anything, will Tony Clark and the MLBPA do about it?

  8. Vazquez insurance: The Red Sox acquire catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals

    Mar 30, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Sandy Leon Getty Images

    Leon looks to have the inside track on the Sox’ backup catching gig.

  9. 2015 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 30, 2015, 8:33 AM EDT

    John Gibbons AP

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Blue Jays look like a club that’ll mash the hell out of the ball but have a hard time with run prevention.

  10. Is spring training “horribly, utterly broken?”

    Mar 30, 2015, 7:24 AM EDT

    Equipment Bags

    The first rule of solutions: make sure you’re employing them to address actual problems.

  11. Rangers release Ryan Ludwick

    Mar 29, 2015, 11:55 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick Getty Images

    Ryan Ludwick didn’t hit much during Cactus League play, resulting in the Rangers releasing him on Sunday.

  12. Nick Martinez wins No. 5 spot in Rangers’ starting rotation

    Mar 29, 2015, 11:20 PM EDT

    Nick Martinez AP

    Nick Martinez beat out the field to win the final spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation.

  13. Mike Pelfrey recants his comments about the Twins trading him

    Mar 29, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey Mike Pelfrey

    Mike Pelfrey took back his comments about being happy with a trade to a team that would use him as a starter.

  14. Video: Ben Revere robs Rajai Davis of a home run

    Mar 29, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT

    Ben Revere Ben Revere

    Ben Revere broke a promise to Rajai Davis when the Phillies’ left fielder robbed a home run.

  15. Casey Janssen to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder

    Mar 29, 2015, 8:15 PM EDT

    Casey Janssen Casey Janssen

    Nationals reliever Casey Janssen is dealing with more shoulder problems, which could lead to a stint on the disabled list.

  16. Dan Uggla on potential bench role with Nationals: “That’s not what I’m looking to do.”

    Mar 29, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla, who is having a strong spring training showing, says he wouldn’t be comfortable sitting on the Nationals’ bench.

  17. Phillies move Ben Revere to left field to make room for Odubel Herrera in center

    Mar 29, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT

    Ben Revere Ben Revere

    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg shook up his outfield a bit on Sunday, announcing that Ben Revere would be moving to left field.

  18. Cole Hamels to start Opening Day for Phillies

    Mar 29, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT

    cole hamels getty Getty Images

    Hamels tossed five scoreless innings in his latest Grapefruit League start. He’ll take on the Red Sox on April 6 — a team he has been connected to in trade talks throughout the offseason.

  19. Christian Vazquez to visit Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 29, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    christian vazquez getty Getty Images

    Ryan Hanigan is expected to open the season as Boston’s starting catcher. And season-ending surgery for Vazquez would likely accelerate the timetable for top prospect Blake Swihart’s debut.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Fernandez (4447)
  2. S. Doolittle (3795)
  3. Y. Tomas (3783)
  4. K. Bryant (3704)
  5. C. Rodon (3680)
  1. H. Olivera (3644)
  2. G. Richards (3631)
  3. A. Cobb (3593)
  4. T. Walker (3478)
  5. K. Jansen (3426)