ST. LOUIS, MO (KAIT) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced on their website Wednesday afternoon that LHP Jaime Garcia would likely miss the rest of the season as he undergoes surgery on his left shoulder.
Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after experiencing continued soreness in his pitching shoulder. The pitcher visited with Dr. James Andrews this week, who confirmed a diagnosis of a torn labrum.
This is not the first problem Garcia has experienced this problem, nor is a problem with his shoulder a surprise. He was diagnosed with an injury last season and missed two months along with missing much of the 2012 postseason with the same injury. Surgery was suggested by Dr. Andrews last season but Garcia elected to try rehab and a throwing program instead.
Garcia said he had been experiencing a return of the pain his past couple of starts, starts in which the typically solid left-hander struggled. He didn't appear to be as sharp lately but has still put up solid numbers this season.
A start was scheduled for Garcia today but once the club placed him on the disabled list this weekend, it was announced LHP Tyler Lyons would make a start in his place.
It is unlikely Lyons will be a permanent solution for the Redbirds as Jake Westbrook is expected to return from the DL soon along with an anticipated comeback by injured ace Chris Carpenter.
No date has been set for Garcia's surgery.