UPDATE: The Nationals announced that Storen left with a blister on his right foot. Sounds like it’s not a big deal. The Nationals could use a break.
4:05 p.m. ET: This is not good: Drew Storen left the Nationals-Cardinals game a few minutes ago with an apparent injury.
It was in the sixth inning, and Storen left after facing four batters and recording two outs. After walking Kolten Wong he motioned to the dugout. Matt Williams and a trainer came out and Storen left the game.
The Nats are suffering from a serious injury bug lately. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Casey Janssen, Jayson Werth, Nate McLouth are all out of commission right now. Yunel Escobar and Stephen Strasburg just recently returned to action after missing some time.
Updates on Storen’s condition as we hear about it.
Jaime Garcia made it back from longtime shoulder problems and thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to win the fifth spot in the Cardinals’ rotation, but now he’ll begin the season in his all-too-familiar spot on the disabled list thanks to left shoulder inflammation.
Garcia has constantly struggled to stay healthy throughout his career and threw fewer than 100 combined innings during the past two seasons. St. Louis looks likely to replace him in the rotation by shifting Carlos Martinez from the bullpen, which means it’s possible by the time Garcia is healthy again the 23-year-old Martinez will have the job locked down.
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia won’t take the mound on Sunday as scheduled due to a setback with his surgically-repaired left shoulder, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Marco Gonzales will instead start Sunday afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
Garcia made seven starts last season, in May and June, after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder to repair a partially torn labrum and rotator cuff in May 2013. He was shut down after his June 20 start against the Phillies with thoracic outlet syndrome. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak had said back in January that reports on Garcia’s rehab had been “extraordinarily positive,” so it’s obviously not good that he’s once again having issues.
Garcia was on track to win the No. 5 spot in the Cardinals’ starting rotation after allowing four runs with a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings this spring. If Garcia isn’t ready for the start of the regular season, Carlos Martinez is likely to take his spot in the rotation.