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54 Jaime Garcia SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 7/8/1986 | Birthplace: Reynosa, Mexico | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,875,000 | Owned/Started%: 50/31 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia earns first win of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits to earn his first win of the season during Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Garcia allowed two runs in the first inning when Yasmany Tomas doubled in two runs. He also surrendered a solo home run to Nick Ahmed in the second inning. He struck out five batters and did not walk a hitter during the outing.

Garcia (1-1) was making his second start of the season and he has earned a quality start in his first two starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Monday against the Brewers.


Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia goes seven strong in season debut


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia had a solid season-debut in Thursday's loss to the Mets. Garcia, who had been out since the middle of last season with a shoulder injury, pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked five on the afternoon.

"We have had a couple starters in this spot throw close to 100 pitches and not get us out of the third or the fourth," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "The fact that he was able to throw seven for us, that means that he was good, and he kept us in the game. Jaime's stuff looked right. It was good to have him back."

Garcia allowed an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, and then was touched up for a solo home run by Lucas Duda in the sixth.

"I felt fine," Garcia said. "I didn't even know how many pitches I threw. I was just trying to compete and make pitches until they took me out of the game. It was as good as it can be."

His next start will likely be Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. 


Cardinals activate Jaime Garcia, option Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The Cardinals officially activated pitcher Jaime Garcia (shoulder) from the disabled list ahead of his first start of the season on Thursday against the Mets. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals optioned right-hander Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

Garcia registered a 7.27 ERA in 8 2/3 innings of rehab work this season while on the shelf. He posted a 4.12 ERA in 43 2/3 innings last season.

St. Louis is an underdog (+100) at Citi Field, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia to make season debut Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will make his first start of the season on Thursday against the Mets, manager Mike Matheny announced on Sunday.

Garcia has been the beginning of the season the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury. He has made multiple rehab starts in Triple-A, posting a 7.27 ERA in 8 2/3 innings of work.

"He's been very clear that he's been feeling much stronger [than he did in Spring Training], and he has an ability to respond after he throws," general manager John Mozeliak said to MLB.com. "Getting his pitch count up was critical, but clearly, right now, we need someone to step up and take that fifth spot. He'll get that chance."

Garcia posted a 3-1 record with a 4.12 ERA in 43 2/3 innings of work in 2014. 


Cardinals considering Jaime Garcia for Thursday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that the team hasn't decided who will start Thursday against the Mets, but he's leaning toward having Jaime Garcia make his season debut for that game, KMOX.com reports.

Garcia threw 93 pitches in six innings Friday and declared himself ready to be activated from the disabled list. He's working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia could be nearing return from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) When asked if Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia (shoulder) would require one more rehab start before rejoining the big-league club, manager Mike Matheny said, "We'll see," per the St. Louis Post Dispatch on Saturday.

Garcia allowed two runs on six hits over six innings of work during a rehab outing in Double-A on Friday. He owns a 7.27 ERA through 8 2/3 minor-league rehab innings.

He joined the big-league clubhouse prior to Saturday's game against Detroit, and appeared encouraged by how he felt on Friday. Although he hasn't talked to Matheny about his next step, he indicated he's ready to be activated from the disabled list, per MLB.com.

"He had a smile on his face," Matheny said. "Excitement in his eye. He wants to pitch. It sounds like it was a good outing, everything was there. Now we'll see."


Cardinals P Jaime Garcia throws 93 pitches in rehab outing Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia allowed two runs on six hits over six innings of work during a rehab outing in Double-A on Friday, the team announced.

Garcia did not walk a batter and struck out six. He threw 93 pitches, 65 of which went for strikes. Garcia is recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason.  


Cardinals' Garcia, Gonzales 'evenly matched' in rehab schedule


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that pitchers Jaime Garcia (shoulder) and Marco Gonzales (shoulder) are "evenly matched" when asked which would be ready to return to major-league action first, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"One is coming from a higher volume (of pitches) in Garcia’s case, but he hasn’t had a lot of game opportunities. So we have to be patient with that," Mozeliak said. "In Marco’s case, he just has to get his volume back up. I would expect that to (happen) relatively quickly. But we also want to be smart about it. I don’t see either of them helping us out in (Tyler) Lyons’ next start. At the minimum this gives both of those guys one more start and I could envision a couple more before we’re really at that comfort level."

The Cardinals plan to use one or both of the pitchers to help fill the workload needed after the season-ending injury to Adam Wainwright. If either or both struggle or deal with continued health issues, the Cardinals could look outside the organization for pitching help.

"As long as our starters are giving us a chance, we’re going to try to do this internally," Mozeliak said. "If something makes sense for us to pursue, we certainly will. We’re not naïve. You lose Adam Wainwright and that’s 230 innings gone. … We understand we have to backfill. If that can come from Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia, then great. If not, we have work to do."


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia struggles in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia made his first rehab start with Triple-A Memphis Sunday, giving up five earned runs on six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings while striking out three.

Garcia threw 42 of his 72 pitches for strikes in the ugly outing. He's recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and is likely ticketed for more rehab work after Sunday's results, provided he didn't suffer a setback.


Cardinals mull six-man rotation, prefer Garcia to Gonzales


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Cardinals are considering moving to a six-man rotation to help battle the loss of ace Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s not something we would rule out," general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday. "It’s something we’ve talked about, but we haven’t decided if that’s the best option for us. It’s something I think a lot about, and I know (manager) Mike (Matheny) and (pitching coach Derek Lilliquist) do too. It’s on the table."

With Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez not being ticketed for 200-inning seasons, the team is considering whether to roll out a six-man rotation or to go with a five-man rotation and periodically skip starts of the two younger pitchers while giving others spot starts in their place. However, a six-man rotation could throw off the routines of Lance Lynn and John Lackey. If the team does opt for a five-man rotation, Jaime Garcia is the preferred long-term option over Marco Gonzales.

"If Jaime is good to go, we’ll try to find a spot in the rotation for him," Mozeliak said. "When he’s been healthy, Jaime has been a very good pitcher."

Garcia is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Sunday.


Cardinals confirm Sunday rehab start for P Jaime Garcia


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will indeed make his first rehab start on Sunday. He'll pitch for Triple-A Memphis, and will be limited to about 80 pitches, according to MLB.com. Garcia is working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. The team has not declared how many rehab starts Garcia will need before he can rejoin the team.


Report: Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia to start rehab stint Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cardinals veteran left-hander Jaime Garcia will begin a rehab assignment Sunday if his shoulder responds well before then, per MLB.com.

The report did not indicate where he will pitch.

The 38-year-old Garcia, who threw live batting practice Tuesday, has been sidelined since last June and underwent offseason surgery.


Cardinals SP Garcia (shoulder) throws live batting practice Tues.


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, threw a 70-pitch batting practice session on Tuesday. The Cardinals will wait to see how Garcia responds to the session on Wednesday before making any decisions on next steps, according to MLB.com

Cardinals' Garcia throws 54 pitches in simulated game Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia threw five innings (54 pitches) in a simulated game, general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday. Garcia, who his recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, will throw again on Tuesday, as he tries to make it back to the Cardinals' rotation.

Garcia hasn't pitched since last June, and went 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA over seven starts in 2014. The oft-injured hurler has appeared in just 16 games over the last two seasons.


Cards' Jaime Garcia (shoulder) throws simulated game Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said pitcher Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw 44 pitches Saturday in a simulated game and will try to increase his pitch count in his next simulated game scheduled for Thursday, according to MLB.com. 

Garcia has been out since spring training with shoulder inflammation related to surgery. 

He's been pitching to live hitters the last few weeks but Saturday was his first simulated game.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia not ready to advance to simulated game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia faced live hitters again on Monday, but isn't ready to advance to a simulated game Saturday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Garcia has missed the first couple weeks of the season while trying to recover from shoulder surgery.

Cardinals' Jaime Garcia faces hitters, still six weeks away


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia faced live hitters on Friday for the first time since March 24. Garcia, who has battled shoulder inflammation, pitched batting practice. 

Garcia said he "felt good" after the session, per MLB.com, but GM John Mozeliak said he's likely six weeks away from rejoining the team. Mozeliak compared the session to one a pitcher would throw in the second week of spring training. 

Mozeliak said the Cardinals are still looking at Garcia as a starter, once he returns to the team.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia scheduled to face hitters Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday without limitations and is scheduled to face hitters Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Garcia will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, and if he can get through it without issue, he'll be set to progress to facing batters in a live batting practice session Friday.

"I think it's twofold -- one is the recovery," general manager John Mozeliak said Monday. "I would also say it's volume, meaning as you saw in spring training when Jaime was throwing, he seemed to do very well when he in that 30-, 40-pitch range. As it started to expand is when things got a little more difficult for him."

Mozeliak said that Garcia's goal is still to pitch as a starter in the majors, and the team is keeping him on that track while testing what his arm can and cannot handle.

"If he starts to have a regression we can take a step back and be patient," Mozeliak said. "I still think his goal is to get back as a starter and that's how he wants us to push him."


Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia could return in two weeks


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will resume throwing this week and could throw in an extended spring training or minor league game in two weeks, general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday per MLB.com.

"Really the last couple weeks, it was really about slowing things down, allowing him to get that strength back," Mozeliak said. "Now that he's starting to feel stronger, it will allow him to throw more. … I would say in the next week to two weeks we'll have a better idea perhaps about when he's expected to return or what a rehab assignment might look like."


Cardinals' Garcia starts playing catch, aims to throw off mound soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia, who is on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, began playing catch Wednesday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Garcia is aiming to start throwing off a mound next week.

Garcia added he will build up to throwing 80 pitches before he will likely begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

"We're trying to make sure the inflammation is reduced and try to get there as quick and safe as possible," said Garcia, who had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in July to address a nerve problem affecting his shoulder. "Whatever (the medical staff) has written down, we're just going to take it one day at a time."

Garcia indicated Wednesday the plan was for him to miss the first month of the season coming off surgery.

"Originally, the plan was for me to ready by the end of April or early May," Garcia said. "But by the fact that things were going so well, we moved things ahead a little  bit."


Cardinals add Carlos Villanueva, place Jaime Garcia on DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Cardinals have purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Villanueva and placed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury, the team announced Monday.

Garcia had been delivering an great performance this spring, posting a 3.86 ERA and 13:3 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings, but suffered a setback in the last few days. He said Sunday he has been dealing with fatigue and soreness. Garcia will likely pitch in extended spring training in preparation for his late start to the regular season.

Garcia was in the mix to serve as the team's fifth starter before his setback, but that role will likely fall to either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales.

Villanueva has surrendered six earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 11 batters and walking two this spring.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia not expected to make Opening Day roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia is not expected to be on the team's Opening Day roster while dealing with arm fatigue, MLB.com reports. Garcia indicated Sunday he's been feeling fatigue and soreness in his arm the last few days.

"I wasn't able to recover," Garcia said. "Things weren't getting any better [Saturday], the day before my start. I think it's just a matter of still recovering. Maybe it got to the point where it was a little too much for my body this early. Now, we just back off a little bit or take a couple days off, whatever decision they're going to make."

Garcia is expected to remain in Florida for extended spring training and build his arm back up during a rehab assignment while on the disabled list.


Cardinals P Jaime Garcia has setback with shoulder


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia suffered a setback on Saturday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Garcia told the team that he was having some issues with his surgically repaired shoulder. The lefty may not be ready for opening day and the team is going to slow things down with him.

"Now it's a 'hit the brakes,'" manager Mike Matheny said. "That takes time."

In three starts this spring, Garcia has a 3.86 ERA with 13 strikeouts and three walks. 


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia shines in simulated game Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia threw 80 pitches in five "innings" of work in a simulated game Tuesday, with the team keeping him on the mound even after he recorded three outs in an inning to push his pitch count and test his shoulder, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"I think in those 80 pitches he might have recorded 48 outs," manager Mike Matheny said.

Garcia threw in the simulated game Tuesday to keep him on track to open the season as the team's fifth starter if the Cardinals decide he doesn't need extended work in spring training once the season begins. He was initially expected to open the season on the disabled list but could begin the season in the rotation if the team selects him as the winner of the fifth-starter competition and believes he's ready to roll at the start of spring.

Garcia said after Tuesday's outing that he's further removed from concern with the surgically-repaired shoulder with each passing day.

"I feel better and better each time out," Garcia said.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia strikes out seven in loss to Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia had an up-and-down outing, throwing seven strikeouts while giving up two runs in Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Mets. 

Garcia's first run surrendered came in the first inning, with John Mayberry bringing in Daniel Murphy on a sacrifice. The second run came in the third with Wilmer Flores hitting a solo home run. 

Garcia struck out two batters in each of the first, second and fourth innings. Garcia also walked five batters and walked a batter. 

Though Garcia had some solid moments, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't pleased with his team's overall performance. 

"It was awful today. That was just ugly," Matheny said, via MLB.com. "Spring Training or not, we have to look better than that. It was just a dead atmosphere all the way around. It was the first we've seen of that. … That won't happen again. "