After a strong start to his Spring Training, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia has hit at least a road bump in his return from shoulder/labrum surgery as he was unable to take the mound this morning for his scheduled bullpen session.
“His shoulder’s just not feeling quite right,” shared General Manager John Mozeliak to the assembled media on Saturday. “It’s been something that he just hasn’t quite felt right, say the last 48 hours. From a medical standpoint, no one thought it was that serious but it wasn’t improving and given how early it is in camp there’s no reason to try and work through something if it might be something larger so we think it’s just better to get some resolution and have him seen back in St. Louis.”
Garcia last threw a bullpen on February 18th—which was not without some initial question as he was not listed on the morning schedule, despite it being his expected day to throw. When asked, both Jaime and Mike Matheny said the lefty would be throwing—which he did without any visible issues.
Normal protocol will now be followed on Garcia’s shoulder–which will include an MRI. Mozeliak expects to have the results by Monday afternoon.