(BaseballStL) -- Jaime Garcia is frustrated. Not in his recovery from the shoulder surgery that’s going to sideline him for the rest of 2013. But rather he’s frustrated that he can’t be a part of this push to the playoffs. He says he wants to be out there with his teammates on the field chasing a division - and World Series - title.
Instead he’s relegated to a long and strenuous rehab process that’s designed to make sure he’s ready for the 2014 season. Garcia is doing some upper body lifts and work with a medicine ball as he allows his left (read: pitching) shoulder to heal.
He says it’s too soon to say when he’ll be back on a mound pitching.
“That’s a little too far ahead,” Garcia says. “The first step, right now, is I’m hoping to start throwing in about a week and a half, start playing catch, and just go from there. The thing about this surgery and this shoulder is you just go by how you feel and if things are feeling pretty good you kind of push it a little bit.”
While he is frustrated, he is still confident things will turn out for the best in the future.
“I feel like I’m in a good position right now. My body is in good shape and I’ve been working hard the last couple months that I’m thinking I’m going to be okay.”
There will be a lot of competition for spots in the starting rotation next year. Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn all are under control for next season as is Joe Kelly - who could really strengthen his argument by pitching well the rest of the year. Rookie Michael Wacha also could challenge for a rotation spot, too. And that’s not even mentioning Jake Westbrook who has a mutual option with the club for 2014.