Ailing LHP Garcia removed from Cardinals’ roster
The St. Louis Cardinals removed Jaime Garcia from their NL
division series roster Tuesday, a day after he lasted only two
innings in his Game 2 start because of an ailing shoulder.
An MRI revealed that the left-hander has a strained rotator cuff
and inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He’ll be replaced by
rookie right-hander Shelby Miller.
Garcia’s health was a concern after he missed two months this
season with shoulder fatigue, but he had pitched well since
returning in mid-August and won his last three regular season
starts. He said he had experienced some ”normal stiffness” from
those late-season games, but the feeling in the shoulder was
different when took the mound Monday against the Washington
”We’re in the playoffs,” Garcia said. ”I want to be there for
my team. I want to be able to help out, but I just realized that
once the game started it never got better. I never got warm, and I
had to say something. I made the decision. I said something at the
right time, and we still won the game. It was a really hard
decision for me to say something.”
The Cardinals’ 12-4 victory evened the series at one game
apiece, with the series moving to Washington for Game 3 on
Manager Mike Matheny dismissed suggestions that Garcia should
have spoken up about a possible problem before starting such a
”He went back and forth just like every guy does,” Matheny
said. ”You don’t know exactly how you’re going to feel until you
get out there. There are times you don’t feel good, and I know that
we have had some pitchers wondering if they can make pitch one, and
next thing you know they are standing on top of the mound in the
”I respect these guys’ preparation that they have going into a
game, how they push through things, and try and make something out
of nothing at times. If you waited around until you felt perfect,
you would never play this game.”
Garcia was scheduled to have a second opinion later Tuesday.
Lance Lynn, who pitched three innings in relief and picked up
the Game 2 win, will take Garcia’s spot in the rotation if the
Cardinals advance to the next round.
Miller, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, appeared
in six games this season as a September call-up. He worked 13 2-3
innings with a 1.32 ERA.
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