It wasn’t all good news for the Cardinals yesterday.
According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, three different surgeons have independently offered a “unanimous recommendation” that Jaime Garcia undergo a debridement of his left shoulder.
After leaving his start in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Monday, Garcia sought advice from Dr. Robert Altchek, Dr. Lewis Yocum and Cardinals medical supervisor Dr. George Paletta. The southpaw may get a fourth opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but he is expected to make a decision soon because of the extended rehab time involved.
If Garcia goes ahead with the procedure, he will likely be shutdown for three months before beginning rehab, which puts him at risk for missing the early part of the 2013 season. If he ends up needing more extensive repair of his labrum or shoulder joint, it’s possible he could miss most or all of the 2013 season.
Garcia posted a 3.92 ERA over 20 starts this season and missed two months with a shoulder strain. The 26-year-old signed a long-term extension with the Cardinals last year and is owed $5.75 million next season, $7.75 million in 2014 and $9.25 million in 2015. His contract also includes club options for 2016 and 2017.
Earlier this month, Yankees starter CC Sabathia jawed at the Red Sox after Eduardo Nunez laid down a bunt. Sabathia fielded it fine, but threw the ball away for an error. After the game, he called Nunez’s bunt “weak” and said the Red Sox should “swing the bat.” Sabathia, of course, is not that limber these days. Along with being 37 years old, the lefty has also battled knee and hamstring issues this season.
The Twins apparently didn’t hear what Sabathia had to say about bunting. After Brian Dozier singled off of Sabathia to lead off the top of the first inning on Tuesday, Joe Mauer laid down a bunt on the third base side and reached safely. Jorge Polanco then laid down a bunt of his own, also on the third base side, and was initially ruled out, but after replay review was ruled safe to load the bases with no outs.
Fortunately for Sabathia, he was able to limit the damage, getting Eduardo Escobar to ground into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play and inducing an inning-ending ground out from Byron Buxton. It’ll be interesting, though, to see if the Twins continue to bunt against Sabathia throughout the night.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.
Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.
Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.