Jaime Garcia close to throwing again after surgery

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Jaime Garcia is out for the season following May shoulder surgery, but the Cardinals left-hander has progressed enough in his recovery to resume throwing soon.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Garcia hopes to start throwing in two weeks and possibly advance to bullpen sessions by the end of the season.

That gives him a full offseason to build back his arm strength and Garcia indicated that he might even ask the Cardinals to let him play winter ball, although it seems hard to imagine they’d approve. He’s signed through at least 2015 and under team control through 2017 as part of a $27 million extension.

Cardinals acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins

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The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins. Craig Mish of Sirius XM was the first to report that the deal was done. Ozuna still has to take a physical.

There is no report yet about what the Cards had to give up to get Ozuna, but given that the Cards and Marlins put a deal together for Giancarlo Stanton, the sides certainly have discussed various Cards prospects recently.

Ozuna fills a major need for the Cardinals, who had serious weaknesses in the middle of the order in 2017. Last year their number three hitters hit a combined .246/.338/.425 and their cleanup hitters hit 270/.350/.444. Ozuna, 27, had a fantastic offensive year in 2017, hitting .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games.

Ozuna made $3.5 million this past season and is due for arbitration this offseason. He is under contractual control through 2019.