Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Garcia Has MRI on His Shoulder; Notebook; Lefthander Is Likely to Be Removed from Roster for Series against Nationals; CARDINALS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Garcia Has MRI on His Shoulder; Notebook; Lefthander Is Likely to Be Removed from Roster for Series against Nationals; CARDINALS

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Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia underwent an MRI late Monday after notifying manager Mike Matheny and team trainers that he was experiencing significant shoulder discomfort, leading to his removal after a two-inning start.

"I don't know what to think," Garcia said. "I want to see what the results are and see how it feels the next couple days. It's a real tough situation for me right now."

Garcia probably will be deleted from the NL division series roster before Wednesday's Game 3 in Washington. The Cardinals could name either lefthanded reliever Sam Freeman or righthander Shelby Miller to replace Garcia, who also would become ineligible for the NL championship series if removed during this round.

General manager John Mozeliak would not confirm a move Monday, pending a reading of the MRI.

Garcia said he had felt something amiss for several days but did not tell the club of his concerns until escaping Monday's difficult second inning. Matheny activated his bullpen during the inning, apparently before Garcia told anyone of his physical issue.

"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."

Garcia said he felt renewed discomfort during an abbreviated side session at Turner Field on Friday before the Cardinals' wild card playoff against the Atlanta Braves but said nothing to pitching coach Derek Lilliquist or Dyar Miller. Garcia impressed with his command during the session and gave no warning signs while warming before Monday's start.

Lilliquist insisted he had no idea of a physical issue with Garcia but noted his command of breaking pitches was missing.

"It's that time of the year when we're fighting for our baseball lives," said Lilliquist when asked about a potential move.

Several teammates were incensed to learn that Garcia started such a monumental game if indeed compromised physically. …

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