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Garcia (shoulder) faced hitters Friday for the first time since going on the DL, but the Cardinals don't expect him to come off the DL for another six weeks.

Garcia threw 20-25 pitches Friday. He'll have a similar throwing exercise Monday.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 5 days ago

Garcia (shoulder) had a bullpen session Sunday and is slated for another session Wednesday. If all goes well, he'll batters in live batting practice Friday.

Garcia hasn't thrown to batters since March 24. It's going to take awhile for him to ramp up to major league readiness, and when he returns it might not be as a starter.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 3 weeks ago

Garcia (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL Monday.

This is some of the least surprising news of the day, as Garcia had suffered a setback in his return from shoulder surgery, and had been essentially shut down. He was the front-runner for the fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotation prior to the setback, and that job now seems to be Carlos Martinez's to lose. After rehab Garcia could be an option in the Cardinals' rotation later this season, but optimism surrounding his future health should be minimal.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 3 weeks ago

Garcia (shoulder) will not be on the Opening Day roster, even though he isn't dealing with a new injury, MLB.com reports.

A team physician confirmed that Garcia is just dealing with arm/shoulder soreness, but this is still a troubling development for a guy coming off two major surgeries in the last two seasons. The veteran lefty may now start his season with a minor-league rehab assignment, while Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez are left to compete for the final spot in the starting rotation.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 3 weeks ago

Garcia recently suffered a setback with his surgically-repaired shoulder and manager Mike Matheny said the team will "hit the brakes" with the lefty, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The setback will delay Garcia indefinitely, with everything hinging on what's found in his evaluations in the coming days. It's a shame, as Garcia had pitched well this spring (3.86 ERA, 13:3 K:BB) and appeared to be on the verge of being named to the starting rotation. Marco Gonzales is now slated to start in Garcia's place Sunday, and Carlos Martinez will also remain stretched out for now.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 4 weeks ago

Garcia made it through an 80-pitch simulated game Tuesday as he continues to push the issue in an attempt to break camp in the Cardinals' rotation, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

The Cardinals initially came to camp with the expectation that they would break camp without Garcia, but he has done a lot to impress and has kept his name in the conversation with Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales for the final spot in the rotation. Garcia will pitch on turn next week in what could be his final opportunity to earn that final spot. Either way, it seems like we will see him in the Cardinals' rotation at some point this season, and he is worth an end-game pick in NL-only drafts right now.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 month ago

Garcia pitched well again Thursday, surrendering two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven across four innings against the Mets.

Garcia was able to get a ton of movement on his pitchers, enough to impress manager Mike Matheny. Garcia is still very much in the hunt for the final rotation spot with two weeks remaining before opening day.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 month ago

Garcia improved from his first start this spring to deliver four solid innings Thursday, striking out five and walking one while need just 50 pitches.

In terms of performance Garcia is still likely behind both Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales but after last spring's decision to leave Martinez out of the rotation despite him being their best pitcher, Garcia may only need to keep up with the youngsters this spring to have a real shot at winning the job.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 months ago

Garcia (shoulder) will make his first start of the spring Saturday for the Cardinals, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Garcia is trying to crack the rotation again this year after his 2014 was derailed by injuries. He'll have to beat out youngsters Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales. It's unlikely that he wins the job but if he can stay healthy it's possible he could join the rotation at some point during the season.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 months ago

Garcia (shoulder) has been cleared for a normal spring training, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Although he's been given clearance to progress through a regular spring, Garcia is being monitored more closely than the likes of Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha. The Cards are likely operating with Garcia as something of an unknown, as he does not currently project to serve as one of the team's five rotation members to begin the season.