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

crucial game.

”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

eighth inning.

”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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