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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 (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. Apr 18 - 9:21 AM
Source: MLB.com

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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

Cardinals placed LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

Garcia was having a really promising spring up until this weekend, when his long-running shoulder issues resurfaced. It's impossible to guess how much the 28-year-old southpaw will be able to contribute this season. Carlos Martinez is expected to be the Cardinals' fifth starter.
Mar 30 - 1:22 PM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list as he continues to battle arm soreness and fatigue.

The good news is that a visit with the team physician on Sunday revealed no new injury for Garcia. Historically it has proven difficult to fully return from thoracic outlet surgery, and Garcia can't seem to stay discomfort-free for more than a couple weeks. He'll continue to work in extended spring training and then would progress to minor league starts before he would be a candidate to join the Cardinals rotation. Unless he can be stashed in a DL spot, the veteran left-hander is not worth a try in mixed leagues.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 29 - 10:44 PM

Jaime Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday after experiencing a setback with his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Garcia has some discomfort in the shoulder, so the club has decided to "hit the brakes" with the left-hander, manager Mike Matheny said. Marco Gonzales will start for the Cardinals in Garcia's place, and it could open the door for Carlos Martinez to win the fifth spot in the rotation after he had appeared to be on the outside looking in. More should be known about Garcia's outlook in a day or two.
Mar 28 - 4:08 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on 920 AM in St. Louis that the schedule currently points to Jaime Garcia beginning the season as the fifth starter.

Nothing is official yet, but Garcia is healthy and has posted a 3.86 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings across three starts this spring. The Cardinals had him throw an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday to keep him in line for the second series of the season or perhaps soon after. He's competing with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Mar 24 - 1:21 PM

Jaime Garcia fanned seven Mets while allowing two runs in four innings on Thursday.

The strikeouts are certainly nice, but Garcia did up five hits, including a Wilmer Flores homer. Even though Marco Gonzales has a better ERA than both, it will probably come down to Garcia and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotation. Martinez opened the spring as the favorite and probably still is, though it seems like a waste to put Garcia in the pen while he's healthy.
Mar 19 - 5:53 PM

Jaime Garcia limited the Orioles to one run over four innings and struck out five in the Cardinals' 8-2 victory Thursday.

Garcia was really impressive in getting three times as many outs today as he did his first time out Saturday against the Nationals. He's a long shot to stay healthy, but he'll probably be an above average starter for the Cardinals for as long as his arm allows, presuming he's able to win a rotation spot. He's currently competing with Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales.
Mar 12 - 4:18 PM

Jaime Garcia surrendered one run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings Saturday against the Nationals.

Garcia made quick work of the first two hitters he faced, but he had still had a tough time getting out of the first and it was a little surprising he came back out for the second. Unfortunately, he wasn't much more effective then. Garcia was typically working at 87-89 mph today. That's not far off from his 2012-13 velocity, but it is down from the 90.6 mph he averaged in seven starts last year before getting hurt. Garcia probably could be effective at 87-89 mph anyway, what with his ability to induce grounders, but he'll probably need to pick it up a little bit if he's going to hold off Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales and secure a rotation spot.
Mar 7 - 4:23 PM

While he's preparing to be a starting pitcher, Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is open to pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Cardinals.

Garcia has dealt with a wide array of injury troubles in his career and is currently recovering from July surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in his pitching shoulder. There is no doubting his ability when healthy, evidenced by his career 3.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, but he's been limited to just 99 innings in total the past two seasons.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 21 - 10:58 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said reports on Jaime Garcia's (shoulder) rehab progress are "extraordinarily positive."

Garcia has been a largely effective pitcher when healthy, owning a 3.50 career ERA, and his return could allow the Cardinals to avoid spending big on a free agent pitcher or trading away valuable assets for one. Health is no guarantee, though, as Garcia is coming off July surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in his left shoulder. He won't have a rotation spot guaranteed heading into spring, but if he pitches well he could make it a tough decision for Cards manager Mike Matheny.
Jan 17 - 5:19 PM

Cardinals activated LHP Jaime Garcia from the 60-day disabled list.

The veteran southpaw underwent surgery in July to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in his left shoulder. He remains optimistic that he'll be ready to compete for a rotation spot in spring training, but after hurling just 99 total innings the last two seasons, he's very difficult to count on.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 10:55:00 PM

Cardinals transferred LHP Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears room on the 40-man roster for the return of Joe Kelly. Garcia will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Friday.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Jaime Garcia will undergo thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Friday.

The news was expected, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made it official on Tuesday. Garcia will obviously be sidelined for the remainder of the 2014, but he's hoping to be ready for spring training. The left-hander is owed $9.25 million in 2015 but won't be guaranteed a spot in the rotation.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 06:34:00 PM

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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
S1Adam Wainwright
2Lance Lynn
3John Lackey
4Michael Wacha
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva