Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals had an MRI on his troublesome shoulder this week. Now he is headed for a step that includes the words no Major League team ever wants to hear about one of its pitchers.
Garcia is headed to see Dr. James Andrews.
Specifically, Garcia is going to Dr. Andrews for a second opinion on the shoulder that forced him to leave Cardinals’ camp this week. General manager John Mozeliak insists that things are looking up for the left-handed starting pitcher, and that the second opinion is just to be sure. From Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com:
General manager John Mozeliak was briefed by Paletta about the results of Monday’s exam, and while he declined to share details, Mozeliak did note that ‘early indications have been encouraging.’
‘Rather than say one thing today and change tomorrow, I’d rather get both reports and then go from there and decide after we have time to also meet with Jaime and decide what the next step is,’ Mozeliak said. ‘Based on the MRI and everything, we feel good. But I would like to see what the other doctor has to say and go from there.’
Unfortunately for Garcia and the Cardinals, the “other doctor” in this case rarely has good news for pitchers. Hopefully Garcia can buck that trend.