Jaime Garcia to begin throwing in two weeks, shoots for spring training return
Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in May, will begin throwing in two weeks and said his goal is to be ready for spring training, according to a report Thursday from Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Dispatch.
Garcia said he's happy with the progress he's made and added that it's possible he could have bullpen sessions before the season is over.
"I’m very excited where I am. Everything’s going good," Garcia said.
It had been reported in May that Garcia, who started the year 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA, suffered a 30-40 percent tear in his labrum. On May 30, he was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day list to help make room for Michael Wacha.
Last year, he sprained his shoulder and missed two months. Garcia said it's possible that he could play winter ball if he feels ready and if the front office allows for it, but said a goal of spring training is more likely.
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