Garica removed from NLDS roster; Miller added

Jenifer Langosch/

Jaime Garcia has been removed from the Cardinals’ National League Division Series roster after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a rotator cuff strain and inflammation in his left shoulder. Taking Garcia’s place on the NLDS roster will be rookie right-hander Shelby Miller.

Garcia is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his shoulder Thursday. Once those results return, the Cardinals will announce Garcia’s next course of action.

The left-hander lasted just two innings in his Game 2 start on Monday, notifying staff after the second inning that he was feeling left shoulder discomfort. His start ended there and Garcia was sent away to be examined.

Garcia missed more than two months during the regular season due to a left shoulder impingement but had not complained of any left shoulder pain since his mid-August return. In his nine starts after coming off the disabled list, Garcia went 4-5 with a 3.25 ERA.

Miller, ranked by as the Cardinals’ No. 2 prospect, becomes the third rookie in the Cardinals’ bullpen. He also helps add depth to a ‘pen that could be without Lance Lynn for the rest of the series. Lynn threw 50 pitches in relief on Monday and would likely be the one to take Garcia’s spot in the rotation should the Cardinals advance past the NLDS.

By coming off the roster mid-series, Garcia would not be eligible to return until the World Series. Even still, that seems unlikely, given the nature of the injury.

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This is yet another example of how dumb this kid is. He doesn’t inform medical staff he is having issues until he needs to leave a game? Perhaps if he had been open with them and had some treatment before he did what could result in long term damage he would not put us in the hole in which we now find ourselves in. This guy is a head case.


He’s not dumb. Every pitcher hurts every day. It’s hard to know when the pain is “normal pain” or “not normal pain”.Yeah, he should have told someone. It a hard lesson to learn–if you complain too much, people say you are weak. If you don’t complain enough, they say you are a headcase. You can’t win.

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