Following a third opinion on injured left shoulder, St.
Louis Cardinals starter pitcher Jaime Garcia is expected to under surgery that
could sideline him for at least the early portion of the 2013 season, reports
Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
General manager John Mozeliak
confirmed Friday afternoon he expects Garcia will have an
"exploratory" procedure sometime later this month; however, Mozeliak
declined to speculate what that would mean to Garcia's availability for next season
except that he retained hope Garcia might be active by spring training.
Three orthopedic surgeons have seen Garcia and are
recommending that the left-hander undergo debridement of his ailing shoulder.
Despite the consistency of the three visits, Garcia may seek a fourth opinion
on his shoulder from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
The injury caused Garcia to exit his only appearance of the
postseason after two innings. He was replaced on the Cardinals’ roster and isn’t
expected to be with the team should they advance to the World Series.