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Jaime Garcia suffers setback in rehab outing

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jaime Garcia's long road back just got a little longer.
Jaime Garcia's long road back just got a little longer. (USATSI)

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Both Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and closer Jason Motte began their rehab assignments Sunday with Double-A Springfield.

Motte's outing couldn't have gone any better. He faced three batters and struck them all out. That's a huge step toward a return after missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.

Garcia, on the other hand, ran into some bad luck. He was hit by a pitch on his left (yes, throwing) elbow. X-rays came back negative, but he now has a bruised elbow on his pitching arm.

“It's really, really frustrating,” Garcia told the Springfield News-Leader (via stltoday.com). “I get out of one thing and something else happens. I'm seeing this as just a little bump and be back right where I was.”

Garcia told reporters that he might miss his next rehab start. Not only that, but he only threw 28 pitches before needing to leave the game after being hit. Thus, he wasn't able to get close to his expected workload as he looks to increase his stamina.

Garcia, 27, was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA (104 ERA+), 1.30 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings last season before a partial labrum tear in his shoulder required season-ending surgery. He also had Tommy John surgery back in 2008 and battled shoulder woes in 2012.

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