ST. LOUIS Cardinals left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia believes he'll make just one more rehab start before being ready to rejoin the big league club. He's also pleased with the progress his left shoulder is making.
Garcia, recovering from a left shoulder strain that landed him on the disabled list June 7, went 4 13 innings Saturday night during a rehab start with Double-A Springfield and allowed one run and two hits. He threw 64 pitches and had six strikeouts, six groundball outs and no walks.
Garcia, 26, returned to St. Louis Sunday to join the team for a few days and throw a bullpen session for the big league coaches to watch before heading to San Antonio to start for the Cardinals' Double-A affiliate on Thursday.
"It was kind of exciting to go out there and throw 62, 63 pitches whatever I did and go back out five times," Garcia said. "It was good. I was pleased with the movement I had on my fastball and I was able to keep the ball down. I'm makin...