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.
Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.
Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.
Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.
Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.