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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: 6 | Salary: $5,875,000 | Owned/Started%: 9/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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. "


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia turns in four solid innings in first spring start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia put together a solid outing Thursday afternoon against the Orioles, turning four strong innings in his first start of the spring. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five. Of his 50 pitches, 32 were called strikes.

Garcia had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last year, and is seeking a bounce-back campaign in 2015.

"Getting through four innings, especially after it was a little rough (in the first), is good," Garcia said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I got some work done. I'm not focused or concerned on results, as long as everything else is going."


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia scheduled to start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will receive at least one more spring start, as he's scheduled to face the Orioles Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Garcia pitched Saturday for the first time since June 20 and struggled, throwing less than half of his pitches for strikes and surrendering one run in 1 1/3 innings. He missed the second half of 2014 after undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.


Jaime Garcia struggles in return to mound for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia returned to the mound on Saturday for the first time since June 20. 

Garcia missed the second half of the 2014 season after having surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. 

Garcia struggled with his control on Saturday, throwing just 20 strikes in 41 pitches over 1.1 innings. He gave up three hits, a walk and a run, while striking out one. 

"Every time you take the mound, no matter what, Spring Training game or regular-season game, there is always excitement and there is always that adrenaline going," Garcia said afterward. "And after going through that thing that I went through, it was a big deal. There's always excitement, but at the same time, I felt good. I was able to control my emotions, get the first one out of the way. Now I've got to get ready for the next one."


Cardinals pleased with Jaime Garcia's progress


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) The Cardinals have been pleased with what they've seen from pitcher Jaime Garcia, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Garcia is recovering from surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia backtracks on 'starting pitcher' declaration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia clarified his recent comments, telling reporters now that he's preparing to be a starter, but is open to any role on the staff, per MLB.com.

"My point wasn't to come in here and say, 'If I'm not a starting pitcher, I'm not going to go to the bullpen,'" Garcia said. "I never meant for it to sound like that.

"What I meant to say is that I prepare myself to be [a starter], but I'm coming here to compete and win a spot on the team. If it comes down to being something else besides a starting pitcher, then I'll be happy to do that.

"I've never [pitched in relief] in my life. That's my point. I didn't prepare this offseason to be a bullpen guy or be a closer. I prepared myself to be a starting pitcher, get my pitch count up. But obviously coming in here, I'm trying to earn a spot to pitch in the Major Leagues in April. I want to let my work out there do the talking. That was my whole point."

Garcia had surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in July, and was able to get through a normal offseason. He's not expected to have any restrictions this spring.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia: 'I'm a starting pitcher'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia is hoping to return to the rotation this season, according to MLB.com.

Injuries have limited Garcia to just 16 starts in the majors over the past two seasons, but he's ready to ramp things up in 2015. Garcia had surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in July, but always knew he would return strong from the injury. "There was never one doubt in my mind that I was going to come back from this really tough surgery and really tough injury that has ended careers in the past," Garcia said. "I knew it was going to be a tough challenge."

Due to Garcia's past injuries, the Cardinals will head into the season with Garcia tentatively penciled in as a starter. He's expected to compete with Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. 

Garcia was able to get through a normal offseason, and expects to have no restrictions during spring training. He's entering the final year of his contract, and is owed $9.25 million this season. Garcia's contract does contain some team options, but whether they get picked up will likely depend on his health moving forward. 


Cardinals' Mozeliak: Reports 'extraordinarily positive' on Garcia


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak described recent reports on the progress of pitcher Jaime Garcia in rehab are "extraordinarily positive" Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Garcia had season-ending surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in July. If the pitcher can continue to progress without suffering any setbacks, he may be able to compete for a rotation spot this spring. Garcia would presumably be battling for the fifth spot in the rotation behind Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and John Lackey.


Cardinals remove Shane Robinson, Jaime Garcia from DL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Cardinals have removed outfielder Shane Robinson and pitcher Jaime Garcia from the 60-day disabled list. 

Robinson underwent shoulder surgery in August. He's expected to be ready for spring training. Garcia had surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in July. 


Pair of Cardinals undergo successful surgery Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Jaime Garcia underwent successful surgeries Friday, according to MLB.com.

Garcia had surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He's expected to miss the rest of the season while recovering from the surgery. 

Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He's expected to miss between 8-12 weeks while he recovers. He hopes to be back before the end of the regular season. 


Jaime Garcia transferred to 60-day disabled list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Cardinals officially moved pitcher Jaime Garcia to the 60-day disabled list, in order to free up a 40-man roster spot.

Garcia is slated to undergo season-ending surgery on his pitching shoulder Friday, to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. 


Jaime Garcia to have surgery Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have season-ending surgery Friday, according to the USA Today.

Garcia will have surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He'll miss the entire season due to the injury. Garcia had a 4.12 ERA over 43 2/3 innings prior to the injury.


Cardinals GM not happy with Jaime Garcia's decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak did not seem pleased with Jaime Garcia's decision to undergo shoulder surgery, as he told BND.com Saturday.

"I am a little surprised that it went from where it was the last couple of days to where it is today," Mozeliak said. "From a medical (standpoint), we felt like there were some other options he could consider before taking this step. He chose to go down this path."

Garcia will visit a surgeon in St. Louis Monday, and is likely to undergo season-ending surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome in his pitching shoulder. However, he made the decision without discussing it with team officials, and also disclosed the surgery to the media on his own.

"Look, we want him to get healthy," he said. "If this is something that he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it. That still doesn't excuse the fact he could have notified us a little differently."

 


Jaime Garcia to have season-ending surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have season-ending surgery, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Garcia will need surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He is expected to miss the rest of the year while he recovers. General manager John Mozeliak expressed some frustration with the injury, saying Garcia has been a "hard guy to count on." Garcia had a 4.12 ERA over 43 2/3 innings this season. 


Cardinals place two on DL, recall two from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) The Cardinals made it official Monday, placing pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the disabled list due to shoulder injuries.

To take their spots on the roster, pitcher Eric Fornataro and infielder Pete Kozma were recalled from Triple-A Memphis. 

Carlos Martinez will take Wacha's spot in the rotation, but a replacement for Garcia hasn't been named yet.


Jaime Garcia back on DL with more shoulder problems


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) The Cardinals announced more bad news Sunday for starting pitcher Jaime Garcia, who had a setback with his surgically repaired left shoulder and was placed back on the 15-day disabled list, per the Belleville News-Democrat.

It's unfortunate setback for Garcia, who had been pitching well since coming off the disabled list in mid-May. Garcia heads to the DL with a 3-1 record, 4.12 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in seven starts. He also has 39 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.


Jaime Garcia falters late in first loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia dropped his first decision of the season Friday, in a 5-1 loss to the Phillies.

Garcia was solid and even had a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, but came unraveled from that point on. He pitched into the sixth but could not record an out before he was pulled in that frame, having allowed four runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in five innings. Garcia matched a season-high with seven strikeouts in the loss.

Garcia is 3-1 since returning from the disabled list, with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts. His next outing is set for Wednesday in Colorado. 


Jaime Garcia superb again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia improved to 3-0 with seven innings of one-run ball Sunday. He's allowed one run over his last 14 innings.

Garcia, who worked out of a one out, bases-loaded jam in the second inning, scattered five hits and two walks while fanning six. He lowered his ERA to 3.72 over six starts and will take on the Phillies on Friday.


Jaime Garcia dominates Blue Jays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia threw seven scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Blue Jays, allowing three hits and three walks while fanning four. Garcia improved to 2-0 in five starts since returning from the DL and lowered his ERA to 4.26.

This was easily Garcia's best start of the year. He'll try to keep it going in his next start against the Nationals.


Jaime Garcia hit hard in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia stumbled for the first time Tuesday, in an 8-7 loss to the Royals.

Garcia gifted a 4-0 lead after the second inning, but simply couldn't make it stand up. He gave the lead back and more in the fifth inning, as the Royals got to him for six runs in the frame.

Garcia was charged with six runs on eight hits in his five innings of work, but the offense bailed him out as he settled for a no-decision in the loss. He struck out three batters and walked none, while throwing 87 pitches in the outing.

Garcia remains 1-0 in four starts since returning from the disabled list, but now carries an ugly 5.47 ERA into his next outing, set for Sunday in Toronto.  


Jaime Garcia has his faults


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Jaime Garcia made 32 starts in 2011. He's made made 32 starts since.

Three of those starts have come this year, and for the most part, he's looked good in them, recording 19 strikeouts without issuing a single walk in 19 2/3 innings.

But durability isn't the only reason you might shy away from him in Fantasy. For as good as we remember him being before all the arm troubles sidelined him in recent years, he has never had better than 1.30 WHIP in a major-league season.

Now obviously, he has good control, so it's not like walks are the issue. And while he has a history of giving up hits in bunches, few of them are home runs, which should keep his ERA relatively low.

But still, that high of a WHIP for a pitcher who won't deliver a big strikeout total can't be a good thing.

It doesn't mean Garcia is a bum or not worth your time in Fantasy, but it does mean he may not be the biggest priority off the waiver wire in standard mixed leagues right now.


Bullpen lets Jaime Garcia down in quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia tossed his first quality start of the season Thursday, but it came in a no-decision in a 6-5 loss to the Giants.

Garcia left the game in line for the win, with the Cardinals up 4-3 after seven innings. He did his part by limiting the Giants to three runs on five hits in seven innings, while striking out seven batters, with much of the damage coming on a pair of solo home runs.

The bullpen could not hang on to Garcia's lead, as he took his second no-decision in three starts since coming back from the disabled list. He is 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA in 19 2/3 innings of work heading into his next start, Tuesday against the Royals. 


Durability issues not a reason to overlook Jaime Garcia


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia has pitched pretty well since coming off the disabled list. He might have a 4.26 ERA through two starts, but he hasn't walked a batter and has recorded 12 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

Garcia has also averaged 16 Fantasy points over his first two starts. Despite his moderate success, Fantasy owners haven't been flocking to waivers to add the left-handed hurler, which likely has a lot to do with his past injury problems. But as I wrote in this week's Waiver Wire column, that shouldn't be the reason you avoid adding Garcia in Fantasy.

Maybe Garcia doesn't have a good history with durability, but he's a pretty good pitcher when he's on the mound. From 2010-13, he had a .613 winning percentage and 3.38 ERA in 89 starts. Garcia does get hit hard at times, but he's good at not compounding the problem with walks, yielding just 2.3 walks per nine innings from 2011-13.

If the back of your rotation looks a little weak and you are already scouring the waiver wire for a replacement, don't overlook Garcia as a potential option to add to your rotation.