Jaime Garcia SP STL 7 Days

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 35 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday.

Garcia was shut down for a couple weeks after being diagnosed with left shoulder bursitis back in late February, but he's made steady progress since then. Obviously, he still has a ways to go, but he could conceivably be an option for the Cardinals sometime next month.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 26 Days

Cardinals placed LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with left shoulder inflammation.

Garcia had a setback this spring in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's throwing from a mound again and could be an option for the rotation at some point, but nothing is guaranteed.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 Month

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw 25 fastballs off a mound on Sunday.

It was the first bullpen session Garcia has conducted since Feb. 18. He was shut down shortly thereafter after experiencing soreness in his left shoulder. Garcia was then examined by Dr. James Andrews, who ruled out structural damage. "I'm going to be ready to go whenever that time is," Garcia said. "I'm very, very confident I'm going to be good to go. When is that going to be? I haven't really talked to the trainers. But I'm hoping as soon as possible." Garcia admitted that he might have to pitch with persistent shoulder discomfort for the rest of his career.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 Month

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) expects to resume throwing off a mound by the end of this month.

Garcia was shut down in late February after experiencing soreness in his left shoulder. He was then examined by Dr. James Andrews, who was able to rule out a serious injury. It'll be a day-to-day process going forward for the 27-year-old southpaw.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 Months

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) said Sunday that he's "very excited the way I feel right now."

Garcia will undergo two days of tests at Dr. James Andrews' Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center starting on Monday and could be cleared to resume throwing later this week. "I'm very positive about where I am and, as soon as the trainers give the green light -- Wednesday, Thursday -- I'm ready to start throwing," Garcia said. "This is something good, to get things rolling."

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 Months

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) said Friday that he's 10-15 days away from resuming throwing.

Garcia also revealed more specifics on his throwing shoulder, saying he's dealing with bursitis and was given a cortisone shot. The good news, of course, is that after a pair of opinions he has been cleared of any structural damage. The bad news is that he's not going to be ready for Opening Day, and his status moving forward is cloudy, at best. With Garcia on the shelf, Joe Kelly is the favorite for the final spot in the Cardinals' rotation.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 Months

Jaime Garcia was diagnosed with left shoulder inflammation following a pair of exams this week.

It was easy to think the worst after Garcia left Cardinals' camp over the weekend due to shoulder discomfort, but no structural damage has been found. The plan calls for him to receive a cortisone injection and be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis. All in all it's good news, but there's no timetable for his return.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 Months

Jaime Garcia will get a second opinion on his injured left shoulder Wednesday from Dr. James Andrews.

The Cardinals are going to withhold comment about their own test results until Andrews gets a look. All of this is ominous, and it's beginning to feel like 2014 might be another lost season for the 27-year-old Garcia. He was limited to nine starts in 2013 and 20 in 2012.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 Months

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Jaime Garcia has been experiencing shoulder discomfort, and will fly back to St. Louis on Sunday for further tests.

The oft-injured southpaw will not be ready for the start of the regular season. He's currently working his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum that cut his 2013 season short, but the renewed discomfort is an ominous sign. Proceed with extreme caution if planning on selecting Garcia in fantasy drafts this spring.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 Months

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) tossed his first successful bullpen session on Friday without any trouble.

The 27-year-old southpaw has seen his fair share of injuries over the past few seasons, and is working his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum. He remains optimistic that he'll be ready to go in time to be part of the Cardinals rotation to begin the season.