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Jaime Garcia to pay visit to Dr. James Andrews

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jaime Garcia needs to be examined by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Jaime Garcia needs to be examined by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. (USATSI)

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Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia is coming off a season that ended with him having surgery in May to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his left shoulder. Monday, he had an MRI in St. Louis on his left shoulder and now he's headed to see the esteemed Dr. James Andrews Wednesday to have said shoulder examined.

And though hearing of visits to Dr. Andrews generally feels like a reason to say something along the lines of "uh oh," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak isn't ready to do so just yet.

"Rather than say one thing today and change tomorrow, I'd rather get both reports and then go from there and decide after we have time to also meet with Jaime and decide what the next step is," Mozeliak said (MLB.com). "Based on the MRI and everything, we feel good. But I would like to see what the other doctor has to say and go from there."

Garcia has been shut down for the past week with soreness in his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder.

Garcia, 27, was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA (102 ERA+) in nine starts last season.

Even without Garcia, the Cardinals have five pretty capable starters in Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly.

 
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