Jaime Garcia scratched from start with groin issue

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Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia was unable to perform scheduled throwing workouts on Saturday and Monday due to cramping in his left groin — the same issue that drove him from his last start Wednesday night against the Marlins.

Now he’s going to miss a rotation turn.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Garcia will not make his scheduled start Thursday evening against the Padres. Nothing has been announced yet, but it sounds like 24-year-old southpaw Tim Cooney is going to fill in. Cooney made his MLB debut earlier this summer, lasting just 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies.

Garcia, 28, boasts a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 in seven starts this year for the Cardinals, who have the best record in the majors by far despite losing Adam Wainwright to a season-ending Achilles injury in April.