|St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia will rest for four weeks after receiving a second opinion on his ailing left throwing shoulder. - Photo courtesy of Getty Images|
Garcia was placed on the disabled list earlier this week after suffering through a terrible two inning performance against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Garcia had missed his previous start before the Houston debacle on Tuesday night with elbow soreness, but it now looks as though it is Garcia's shoulder that has flared up and is now causing issues and his ineffectiveness.
According to reports and the Cardinals, it is not believed that Garcia will require surgery to repair the "shoulder impingement" diagnosed by Yocum and Cardinals team doctors, but a visit with Dr. Andrews could always produce a different result.
Garcia is just 3-4 this season with a 4.48 ERA in 11 starts for the Cardinals this season.
Taking Garcia's turn in the rotation on Sunday afternoon is rookie Joe Kelly, who is 2-5 this season with Triple AAA Memphis, but has posted a 2.86 ERA in 12 starts.
Garcia's prescription for rest likely means he will miss at least two months as after the four weeks of inactivity it will likely take an additional month to get the lefty back in to shape and on the hill in St. Louis.