Jaime Garcia (shoulder) said he's already thrown off a mound five times over the last few weeks and plans to throw his first spring training bullpen session as soon as Friday.
It's good news for Garcia, who opted for rehab rather than surgery for a small tear in his left shoulder. "Just based on seeing him throw one time he looks healthy, he's in good shape," Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said. "In talking to him, mentally he's in a good spot. He's excited about the year moving forward and looks to make every start every fifth day." Having Garcia healthy for 2013 would obviously be a big boost for the Cards given this week's news about Chris Carpenter.