Jaime Garcia SP STL 4 days ago

Garcia (0-1) allowed just two runs over seven innings in his return to the mound Thursday against the Mets, but took the loss. He gave up five hits and walked five while striking out three.

It's hard to get overly excited when a guy walks five batters in a start, but Garcia hadn't pitched in the majors in 11 months and got blown up in one of his rehab starts, so the fact that he was able to go seven in his return to the Cardinals is impressive on its own. Assuming he can stay healthy -- and that's a heck of an assumption, considering Garcia's struggled with injuries throughout his career -- the lefty should return solid fantasy value off the waiver wire. He next lines up to face Arizona on Tuesday.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 5 days ago

Garcia (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Thursday.

Garcia is ready to pitch for the big club after making two rehab starts. He will jump right into the Cardinals' rotation and start Thursday's game against the Mets -- his first outing with the Cardinals since June 20 of last year.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 week ago

The Cardinals announced that Garcia (shoulder) will debut Thursday against the Mets.

Garcia replaces Tyler Lyons in the Cardinals rotation, presumably as a more permanent option if he can stay healthy.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 weeks ago

Garcia (shoulder) will make his next rehab start Friday at Double-A Springfield.

Garcia had a rough time getting hitters out in his last rehab start for Triple-A Memphis, but will attempt to right the ship at the Double-A level. If the lefty is able to produce a good showing, there's a slight chance he could join the team during the upcoming four-game series in New York, but another rehab start is always a possibility.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 weeks ago

Garcia (shoulder) allowed five earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three over 2.2 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.

Garcia needed 72 pitches to record eight outs, but the pitch count was right in line with the 80-pitch estimate prior to the game. Although the final stat line doesn't look encouraging, no word of an injury/setback has yet surfaced, which is really more important at this stage in his recovery. Look for Garcia to pitch deeper into the game in his next rehab appearance, which will likely arrive later in the week. If all goes well, he could soon make a bid for the Cardinals' fifth rotation spot.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 3 weeks ago

Garcia (shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment Sunday pitching for Triple-A Memphis, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

He will be held to around 80 pitches and could be an option for the Cardinals' rotation in the near future. There are few pitchers who carry more injury risk than Garcia, but he is also likely widely available in mixed leagues, so the risk of rostering him is low.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 3 weeks ago

Garcia (shoulder) appears in line to begin a rehab assignment Sunday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Garcia threw five innings in a simulated game last week and built his pitch count up to 70 in a live batting practice session Tuesday. If his injured shoulder responds well, Garcia head out to a minor league affiliate before the end of the week, per GM John Mozeliak. Once completely healthy, Garcia will be a candidate to step into the rotation spot vacated by Adam Wainwright (Achilles).

Jaime Garcia SP STL 4 weeks ago

Garcia (shoulder) threw five innings (54 pitches) in a simulated game Thursday and all went well, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

He will throw again on Tuesday and could go on a rehab assignment in the near future. With Adam Wainwright out for the season, Garcia has a shot at getting a chance in the Cardinals' rotation at some point this season. Tim Cooney will start in Wainwright's place Thursday and Marco Gonzales will likely get healthy before Garcia, but if Cooney and Gonzales struggle, Garcia could be next in line.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 month ago

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 1 month 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.