ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 21: Starter Jaime Garcia #54 of the St. Louis Cardinals returns to the dugout after being pulled from the game in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium on May 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals seem unworried that the Jaime Garcia injury that ate up last week's off-day is anything more than some minor elbow soreness.
The St. Louis Cardinals' rotation has already been battered by disabled list visits and general ineffectuality, but one thing it simply wouldn't be able to take is a Jaime Garcia injury. Luckily it looks like the elbow soreness that caused him to miss his scheduled start last Friday hasn't continued bothering him, according to Jenifer Langosch's latest report.
Garcia last pitched on May 26, when he took a loss against unlikely shutout-tosser Kyle Kendrick against the Philadelphia Phillies. On the year he's 3-3, with an ERA of 3.78 in 64 innings across 10 starts. The Cardinals recently optioned likely spot-starter Brandon Dickson back to AAA Memphis, meaning they'd have to make other plans if Garcia had to bow out again.
Alas, top prospect Shelby Miller—who starts that same day in Memphis—likely isn't an option; he's struggled as of late, and the Cardinals themselves are in the kind of skid into which it would be rough to throw a rookie with enormous expectations on his shoulders. For more updates on Garcia's injury and the Cardinals' rotation, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis or visit Viva El Birdos.