The St. Louis Cardinals' pitching staff took another blow it didn't particular need Wednesday, when it came out that Jaime Garcia would miss his next start with something described, for the moment, as elbow discomfort. B.J. Rains reports that MRIs were negative, and no specific injury has been discovered, but that's cold comfort for a team that just watched No. 4 starter Kyle Lohse give up five earned runs in as many innings.
The good news is that the Cardinals won't need to bring a spot starter out from their messy bullpen; the Cardinals will use their off day to reset their rotation without Garcia, bringing him back on his normal turn after a long weekend off.
Garcia is 3-3 with an ERA of 3.78 in 10 starts in 2012; he allowed four earned runs in six innings in his last start, against the Philadelphia Phillies, during which the Cardinals' offense was inexplicably shut out by Kyle Kendrick.
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- After Chris Perez used a John Cena-ism during his save over the Royals I became suddenly, permanently okay with the misguided trade that sent him to the Cleveland Indians.
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