May 17, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (54) walks off the field after being taken out of the game during the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals' Jaime Garcia suffers set back

Jamie Garcia hasn’t pitched in a Major League game in nearly a year. After his most recent rehab start, it could be a little longer than anticipated.

As Garcia was pitching in a rehab game for the Cardinals’ Double-A branch, he was going along just fine, having thrown 28 pitches through two, without any problem. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Garcia had given up two runs on three hits but was expected to throw 80 pitches. Goold says he wasn’t that far away from making his return to the St. Louis Major League roster as neither he, nor Jason Motte, were expected to use the full 30 days allotted for rehabilitation assignments.

Garcia came to bat in the second inning and was hit by a pitch – in the left elbow. He immediately came out of the game and had X-Rays done, which luckily came back negative with no signs of a fracture, but the bruise developing on his pitching elbow is likely going to hold the young starter back at least for one start. The elbow is scheduled to be re-evaluated soon and a decision will be made from there.

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