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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.

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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.

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will be ready for spring training without any restrictions.

The oft-injured 27-year-old southpaw will have a secure spot in the Cardinals rotation as long as he's healthy and ready to go. While he's had difficulty staying on the field, there's no disputing his effectiveness when he does take the hill, posting a 3.45 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 7.1 K/9 for his career. If you can stomach the injury risk, he makes for a nice target in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that he expects Jaime Garcia (shoulder) to be part of the rotation as long as he's healthy.

Mozeliak notes that he doesn't see Garcia as a fit for the team's bullpen. The southpaw is coming back from shoulder surgery but has been throwing for a while now and is expected to enter spring training without any limitations. If Garcia indeed is in the Opening Day rotation, that means Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez will be battling for one spot.

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Jaime Garcia (shoulder) pitched in a simulated game on Friday, the first time he had faced live hitters since succumbing to his shoulder injury on May 17.

Garcia tossed 22 pitches during Friday's session, most of them to rehabbing outfielder Allen Craig. He has been on a normal throwing program in recent weeks, and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of spring training.

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Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has been throwing bullpen sessions for two weeks and said he's "ahead of schedule."

Garcia underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder over four months ago and hasn't had any issues with his rehab. Barring a setback, the left-hander should be ready for spring training. What isn't known at this point is whether he'll have a spot in the rotation, as the Cardinals have plenty of options.

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Jaime Garcia (shoulder) began a throwing program Monday.

Garcia threw about 30 pitches on flat ground from 45-60 feet. The lefty is expected to be fully recovered from shoulder surgery for the beginning of spring training. "Obviously, I'm super-excited and everything, but at the same time, it's something that takes time," Garcia said. "You've got to basically take one day at a time and see how it's going. ... I'm in a good place right now, and I'll just keep working hard and keep a good mentality and see what happens."

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Jaime Garcia (shoulder) said Thursday that he is days away from beginning a throwing program.

Garcia underwent season-ending surgery nearly three months ago to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder. The left-hander is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring training.

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Jaime Garcia (shoulder) expects to be throwing bullpen sessions by the end of the 2013 season.

Garcia will start a throwing program in two weeks and should progress to mound work by the end of September. He's on his way back from left shoulder surgery and hoping to be 100 percent recovered by the start of spring training in 2014. "I'm very excited where I am," Garcia told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday. "Everything's going good."