Found July 25, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
PLAYERS: John Gast
TEAMS: St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals were initially hoping rookie left-hander John Gast would be able to return to the team in some capacity this season, whether it be as a starter or reliever. However, Gast's shoulder and back ailments haven't progressed as hoped, and the 25-year-old is slated to undergo surgery to repair a tear in his left lat which will essentially end his season, according to Chad Thornburg of Gast was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list at the end of May with what was then described as a left shoulder strain. The move was made after Gast exited his third start of the season early due to injury. St. Louis originally thought they'd be without the southpaw for a month or two as a result of the injury, but the surgery that he's slated to undergo tomorrow is expected to sideline him for another four to five months. Gast told reporters yesterday that his back wasn't getting any better, resulting in the procedure. Mike Matheny said a few weeks ago that Gast was still ways away from resuming throwing, and St. Louis has ultimately decided to essentially shut him down for the remainder of the season. Assuming the four to five month timeframe holds true, Gast should be ready for the start of the 2014 season. The Cardinals called Gast up in May to replaced Jake Westbrook in their starting rotation. The rookie won his first two appearances before exiting his third start with injury. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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