Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will return to St. Louis on Sunday to have doctors examine his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, making it unlikely he’ll be ready for the start of the season.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made the announcement on Saturday. Garcia underwent season-ending surgery last year after experiencing shoulder pain.
Garcia’s throwing sessions at spring training had been going well until his last outing, when the pain returned.
The 27-year-old Garcia had been the favorite to become the fifth starter, and lone lefthander, in the Cardinals’ rotation.
Mozeliak didn’t want to speculate on the severity of Garcia’s injury, adding that some soreness following shoulder surgery is not uncommon.
Garcia was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA last season. He won a career-high 13 games in 2010 and 2011.