Jaime Garcia to have season ending surgery

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia was off to a pretty good start in 2013, unfortunately his 2013 season is ending. Garcia was diagnosed with a 30-40% tear in his shoulder. Dr. James Andrews made the diagnosis and recommended the surgery he however won’t be performing it that will fall to the team doctors.

Dr. James Andrews recommended the surgery, confirming the original diagnosis of a small tear in his labrum. He is said to have what was described as a “30-40” percent tear, requiring surgery. The Cardinals’ team doctor will perform the operation.

Garcia, 26, is expected to return to the mound for the Cardinals next year.

Andrews is said to have expressed the opinion to Garcia that it’s amazing he was able to pitch as well as he did considering the condition of his shoulder. Garcia was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA before having to visit the doctors with shoulder pain. (Jon Heyman – CBS Sports)

For Dr. Andrews to make a comment like that it tells you how bad the injury actually is. Remember this is an injury that Garcia has been dealing with since the fall.


Garcia was to pitch in Game 2 of the National League Division Series last year against the San Francisco Giants but had to leave the game after two innings because of shoulder discomfort. At the time it was could a shoulder strain like the current injury initially was. He rehabbed all winter and thought he’d be good to go, unfortunately he wasn’t.

You could tell things were serious though when Garcia on Saturday told MLB.com, “I’m very concerned, especially, the way I felt last night and the way I feel today.”

For the moment, look for Tyler Lyons to replace him in the rotation. That will be till Jake Westbrook is ready to return from the DL.

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