There are now concerns about Jaime Garcia’s hip, shoulder

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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.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.