JUPITER, Fla. By evidence of his four-year, 27 million contract that begins this season, left-hander Jaime Garcia doesn't have to worry about his spot in the rotation.
After another solid campaign last year, the 25-year-old Cardinals starter has a spot reserved for him this year despite how good or bad he performs this spring.
But don't tell that him.
"I came in just like last year, trying to make the team," Garcia said Thursday. "I'm trying to get my work in and make progress and get better every single day and learn something every day. That's all I think about.
"I don't think about it like I'm established and making the team already, all I'm worried about right now is getting better each day and getting ready for Opening Day."
Garcia looked ready to start the season Thursday in his first start of the spring. Facing a formidable Boston Red Sox lineup, Garcia retired all six batters he faced in two quick innings of work.
The lefty had four strikeouts and threw 19 of his 27 ...