Jaime Garcia was skipped in the Cardinals’ starting rotation last week and sent back to St. Louis for tests after reporting discomfort in his left elbow.
In his return Tuesday night, he surrendered six earned runs in just two innings to the Astros.
So back Garcia goes for additional testing.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 25-year-old left-hander departed Houston on Wednesday for another visit with Cardinals doctors. He’ll have his elbow examined for a second time in two weeks, and team physicians will also look into his throwing shoulder and some soreness that has developed in his hip.
“All we know is something isn’t right,” Cards manager Mike Matheny told the Post-Dispatch.
“The focus is definitely on the shoulder,” added Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.
Garcia had a 3.55 ERA on May 21. It’s now 4.48. He inked a four-year, $27.5 million extension in July 2011.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.