Cardinals place Garcia on DL with shoulder discomfort

Jaime Garcia will start the season on the 15-day DL.

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CHICAGO — Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says left-hander Jaime Garcia is expected to begin a throwing program in the next week or so.

Garcia and outfielder Tommy Pham were placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday night’s opener at Chicago. Garcia is out with left shoulder inflammation and Pham is recovering from a strained left quad.

Garcia was competing for the fifth starter job before the injury. He won 13 games in both 2010 and 2011, but shoulder issues limited the 28-year-old to only 16 starts over the past two seasons.

Mozeliak says they should have an idea about when Garcia might be able to return and a potential rehab assignment "in the next week to two weeks."

The DL stints for Garcia and Pham are retroactive to March 27. Mozeliak said Pham is expected to see a specialist on Monday.