(BaseballStL) — Jaime Garcia’s comeback season has come to a close before the All Star break.
Saturday, the Cardinal lefty reportedly decided to have season-ending surgery to deal with thoracic outlet syndrome.
The procedure is designed to remove pressure on the nerves in the shoulder and upper arm and will sideline Garcia for the remainder of the year.
Cardinal GM John Mozeliak spoke to the media, frustrated he learned about the news from the training staff instead of Garcia.
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“Obviously we want him to get healthy and if this is something he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it,” he said. “That still doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have notified us a little differently.”
The 27-year-old had surgery on his shoulder in 2013 as well as a Tommy John procedure after the 2008 season.
Several pitchers have combated thoracic outlet syndrome, including Chris Carpenter in 2012. With Garcia’s litany of injuries, it’s made planning a major league rotation difficult for the club.
“Clearly, he’s been a hard guy to count on and a hard guy to keep on the field. It just always feels like there’s something physically with him,” said Mozeliak.
While the GM said the team wasn’t counting on Garcia to return this season based on his last month, but the timetable’s acceleration seemed to surprise him.
“To go from the DL to this, it’s been rather quick. In terms of where we were yesterday to where we are today it does seem rather dramatic and quick,” he said. “Obviously he internalized this and decided to make a decision.”
Mozeliak said shutting Garcia down won’t factor into the club’s maneuvers, as Joe Kelly is slated to return following the All Star break. While the decision doesn’t dramatically affect the rotation going forward, Mozeliak mentioned the medical staff had said there were other options before surgery.
He also added that Garcia said the condition had bothered him for a while.
The lefty will meet with Dr. Robert Thompson Monday , something the GM said is usually a precursor to the procedure. Mozeliak said the overall goal is player health, and so if Garcia feels surgery is the best option then it’s time to proceed. Still, the announcement seemed to leave him irked.
“You try to be patient with people and I think this organization does an amazing job protecting players and obviously these are difficult times when you’re dealing with injuries,” he said. “But I certainly would have loved to have heard from him.”