Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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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. Follow @mlbinjurynews
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