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.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.