Cardinals shut down Jaime Garcia with more shoulder problems

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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.