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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jaime Garcia to be removed from roster, team not happy

The St. Louis Cardinals sent Jaime Garcia to the mound on Monday afternoon thinking they had a healthy, capable left-handed pitched armed with an array of sinking fastballs, diving change-ups, and tricky breaking pitches.

What manager Mike Matheny and the club quickly found out was that Garcia was not healthy at all, and the manager was forced to remove Garcia from the game after just two innings in the Cardinals 12-4 victory.

Now it is likely Garcia will be removed from the Cardinals playoff roster completely.  Matheny explained the situation after the game to reporters.

"Jaime's arm wasn't feeling right at the time," Matheny said. "He's out right now getting an MRI, getting it looked at. Don't have the results, but we'll be able to comment on that, make a statement tomorrow."

Garcia explained after the game that he had felt tightness after his last start and it was something that just never cleared up and that he thought he could fight through.

"This is one of those things where it didn't get better the last couple days," Garcia said. "Today I thought I'd go out there, make no excuses and give our team a chance to win. But it didn't get better again. It's hard to explain. It just wasn't right."

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some of Garcia's teammates were not happy with the situation.
The situation with Garcia certainly is an interesting case.  The pitcher clearly tried to tough it out and pitch like a warrior through the pain.

But he was unable to complete the task at hand and it is really telling that his teammates are angry about the situation.

It is believed the Cardinals will either replace Garcia with rookie prospect Shelby Miller or left-handed reliever Sam Freeman.