Jaime Garcia said he is "really encouraged" with the progress of his left shoulder.
Garcia opted for rest and rehab instead of surgery to treat a small tear in his pitching shoulder. He's on the same schedule as the Cardinals' other starters and estimated that Tuesday's bullpen session was his seventh or eighth this offseason. "I'm really encouraged," Garcia said. "I've been saying this the whole time. I'm feeling strong and healthy. Everything went this offseason as good as it could have gone. I'm at a point where I worked so hard this offseason, and I'm working hard right now and just taking it one day at a time."