After a horrible outing on Tuesday, Jaime Garcia is headed to the 15-day disabled list. And after a stint in Memphis that amounted to the passing of a kidney stone, Fernando Salas is returning to St. Louis to give the bullpen some depth.
According to Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch:
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) June 7, 2012
Cardinals put Garcia on the disabled list and recall Salas, who allowed three runs in final outing with Memphis and had 9.00 ERA in 4 games.
— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) June 7, 2012
The Cardinals placed lefty Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain. The extent of the injury was not disclosed by the team in a press release but the announcement comes after a couple days of testing back in St. Louis that went from his achy elbow to a sore hip before focusing on the shoulder.
The replace Garcia on the roster — but not in the rotation — the team promoted reliever Fernando Salas from Class AAA.
Salas will immediately help a weary bullpen that has pitched 9 1/3 innings the previous two nights in this series against Houston. The Cardinals will make another move before Sunday’s game, the one scheduled to be started by Garcia. The Cardinals have also shown they are in the market for a starter from outside the organization, having recently pursued free agents Roy Oswalt and Jeff Francis, though unsuccessfully.
The Cardinals have previously viewed Brandon Dickson as a spot starter. The team could also look toward Joe Kelly or Shelby Miller, who has struggled recently in Triple-A, as longterm alternatives.
Kelly is 1-0 with a 1.22 ERA in his previous three starts. He has pitched at least seven innings in each of them and 22 innings total.
Garcia lasted two innings in his previous start and left it telling coaches and trainers that he felt “something wasn’t right.”
Get well Jaime!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also lead writer for Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.