The Cardinals have shut down left-hander Jaime Garcia because of ongoing shoulder discomfort, writes MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch. Garcia had been slotted in the St. Louis rotation behind ace Adam Wainwright.
Garcia will now go back to St. Louis for an MRI, the results of which should be announced on Monday. As Langosch notes, Garcia, regardless of how that MRI turns out, almost certainly won't be ready for opening day.
"It's just been something where he hasn't felt quite right the last 48 hours," Cards GM John Mozeliak said. "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 some thing if it might be something if it might be larger. We think it's just better to get some resolution and have him seen back in St. Louis."
Garcia, age 27, has pitched to 3.45 ERA (110 ERA+) and 2.62 K/BB ratio across parts of five major-league seasons. Along the way, though, he's suffered numerous injuries, including three stints on the 60-day DL and surgery last May to repair a partial labrum tear.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, they have plenty of rotation depth. If Garcia is unable to go, then Joe Kelly would seem the likely frontrunner to replace him, at least in the near-term.