Cards' GM: Jaime Garcia to undergo surgery, miss rest of season
Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia appears poised to miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia hasn't pitched since June 20 because of shoulder inflammation, and now it appears the often-injured soon-to-be-28-year-old will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Here's Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Garcia will have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Will miss rest of season, per Mozeliak. "He's been a hard guy to count on" #cardinals— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) July 5, 2014
That's straight from the mouth of GM John Mozeliak, so presumably the decision is made. The procedure to treat thoracic outlet syndrome typically involves removing a rib, so the time-table for recovery is indeed a fairly lengthy one.
Garcia has been on the DL six times in his career and has managed a total of just 220 2/3 innings since the start of the 2012 season. For his career, Garcia owns an ERA+ of 108 across parts of six big-league seasons.
He's owed the remainder of a $7.75-million salary for 2014. Next year, Garcia is under contract for $9.25 million, and he has $500,000 buyouts in his contract for 2016 and 2017.