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Jaime Garcia | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jaime Garcia pitched brilliantly, limiting the Brewers to one run over seven innings, but took a tough-luck loss on Monday.
Garcia allowed Jean Segura to reach on a single to lead off the ballgame, then watched Segura score on a two-out Carlos Gomez single. They accounted for two of just three hits the lefty allowed on the evening while walking none and striking out four. In his first three starts since returning from the disabled list, Garcia has allowed seven runs (six earned) on 16 hits and five walks with 11 strikeouts in 20 innings. He's worth a flier in mixed leagues, but he will always be an injury risk. Garcia takes on the Dodgers in L.A. in his next outing. Jun 1 - 11:25 PM

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Jaime Garcia earned his first win of the season Tuesday, giving up four runs -- three earned -- over six innings against the Diamondbacks.

Garcia stumbled out of the gate, as the Diamondbacks put up two runs in the first inning. Two more runs over the next two innings threatened to end his night early, but Garcia recovered to post three scoreless frames and earn the victory. He struck out five without walking a batter in the win. He's now 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA through two starts, and he appears -- at least for now -- to be healthy. Garcia will take the mound Monday against the Brewers.
May 26 - 11:11 PM

Jaime Garcia had control issues but still managed to work seven innings against the Mets on Thursday, walking five and allowing two runs in the 5-0 loss.

Garcia had been on the shelf with a shoulder injury for the first month and a half. The rust showed against the Mets, as he threw just 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes and walked five. While he only struck out two, there were definitely positives to take away from the game. Even with the five walks, Garcia still managed to gut out seven innings. And it's not like the Mets were batting him around the yard, as Garcia limited them to five hits and pulled off a nice Houdini act when he escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth allowing just one run. All in all, not bad. Garcia holds a 3.50 ERA for his career over 594 2/3 innings and should have value and potential upside in mixed-league formats. Just know that continued health is far from a given here. He hasn't made more than 20 starts in a season since 2011.
May 21 - 3:42 PM

Cardinals activated LHP Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list.

Garcia missed the first seven-plus weeks of the 2015 regular season with a shoulder injury that has lingered now for three years. He's claiming to feel great and the 28-year-old left-hander has always been an effective major league starter when healthy, but he can't really be counted on to stay clear of the disabled list. Garcia will make his season debut Thursday afternoon against the Mets. He has an opportunity to take over Adam Wainwright's spot in the Cardinals' rotation.
May 21 - 10:11 AM

Jamie Garcia (shoulder) will rejoin the Cardinals rotation on Thursday against the Mets.

The team appeared to be leaning in that direction, and now it's confirmed. While he's a very poor bet to remain healthy, Garcia has always been a solid starter when taking the hill and is worth a short-term add in most mixed leagues.
May 17 - 6:39 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that the team is "leaning towards" starting Jaime Garcia (shoulder) on Thursday versus the Mets.

Tyler Lyons had another abbreviated start Saturday, so the Cards seemed likely to make a move with the fifth spot in the rotation. Garcia allowed just two runs and struck out six over six innings Friday in his latest rehab outing and should give the club good work as long as he can stay healthy. He's obviously a poor bet to stay off the disabled list for an extended period, however.
May 17 - 12:51 PM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) said Saturday that he has been encouraged by how he's felt in his minor league rehab starts.

Garcia said he hasn't talked to the Cardinals about his next step, but feels he's ready to rejoin the Cardinals rotation. The oft-injured lefty allowed just two runs and struck out six over six innings Friday in his latest rehab outing with Double-A Springfield.
May 16 - 1:40 PM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) was touched up for five runs over just 2 2/3 innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.

Garcia recorded three strikeouts, but he walked a pair and allowed six hits, throwing 42 of 72 pitches for strikes. Obviously, the Cardinals are going to have him make at least one more rehab start before considering him an option for the rotation.
May 10 - 3:41 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday that a healthy Jaime Garcia (shoulder) would be the choice over Marco Gonzales (pectoral) as the fifth starter.

"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." It's a bit of a surprise, as the feeling had been that Gonzales was poised to hold down the No. 5 spot once he was ready. Gonzales made a rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on Saturday and Garcia is slated to make one of what figures to be at least a couple rehab outings on Sunday. The latter isn't a good bet to stay healthy, but as Mozeliak noted, he's been very good when on the field. Mo also noted that a six-man rotation is "not something we would rule out," so it's possible both Garcia and Gonzales will wind up in the rotation as the club looks to monitor the workloads of Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez.
May 10 - 8:56 AM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.

Garcia made it through another extended spring training game Tuesday without issue. There's an opening in the Cardinals' rotation with Adam Wainwright ruled out for the season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon, but Marco Gonzales looks like the better bet to fill it. Garcia hasn't been able to stay discomfort-free for an extended period of time.
May 5 - 5:29 PM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will appear in an extended spring training game next Tuesday.

It will come after he threw 54 pitches in a five-inning simulated game on Thursday. Garcia could conceivably be ready for a rehab assignment after that, although the Cardinals haven't said that that's the case. There's an opening in St. Louis' rotation following Adam Wainwright's (Achilles) season-ending injury, but Marco Gonzales (pectoral/shoulder) looks like a better short- and long-term bet than Garcia.
May 1 - 10:32 AM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) threw a five-inning simulated game Thursday morning without issue.

Garcia tossed 54 pitches in the workout and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said it "all went well." The left-hander could have moved into Adam Wainwright's rotation spot if he were healthy, but it's probably going to be another couple of weeks. Marco Gonzales (pectoral) is likely to beat Garcia back, and Tim Cooney is getting the first shot Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.
Apr 30 - 1:39 PM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) faced live hitters for the first time on Friday but is still at least six weeks away from a potential return to the Cardinals.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Garcia's goal is to come back as a starting pitcher, but likened his progress to this point as being at the beginning of spring training. The Cardinals will obviously play things cautiously in his recovery, so fantasy owners shouldn't count on anything out of the left-hander until around midseason.
Source: MLB.com
Apr 18 - 9:21 AM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has resumed throwing off a mound.

He threw a bullpen session Sunday and will throw another one Wednesday. Assuming he recovers well, he'll then throw live batting practice on Friday. Garcia had a setback with his pitching shoulder at the end of spring training, but the Cardinals consider it a stamina issue more than anything else, so the goal is for the lefty to get stretched out without tiring. "As you saw in spring training, when Jaime was throwing, he seemed to do very well when he was in that 30-to-40 pitch range," general manager John Mozeliak said. "But when that started to expand, that's when things got a little more difficult for him. … He could certainly be a long man. But I think his goal is still to get back and be a starter, and I think that's how he wants us to push him."
Apr 13 - 5:52 PM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has restarted his throwing program at the Cardinals' spring training complex.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said the lefty could be back on a mound within two weeks, and then plans can be made for a minor league rehab assignment. Garcia has been battling shoulder issues for going on three years and can't seem to stay discomfort-free for any extended stretch of time. Carlos Martinez is locked in currently as the Cardinals' fifth starter and shouldn't be in danger of losing that spot unless he pitches poorly for a number of outings in a row.
Apr 6 - 8:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva
8Mitch Harris
9Miguel Socolovich