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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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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. "


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.