On the St. Louis Cardinals injury front, general manager John Mozeliak feels both pitcher Jaime Garcia and shortstop Rafael Furcal have “positive outcomes” in their respective rehabs, as relayed by the Post-Dispatch.
However, the reports leave this reader with several questions.
Garcia was out from June 6 through August 18, then was returned to the disabled list early in the post-season. A tear in his rotator cuff and shoulder inflammation were mentioned as the culprits.
The left-hander traveled to multiple specialists this fall, with at least one recommendation for surgery offered. Ultimately, Garcia opted to follow a treatment program rather than go under the knife.
Yet, the Post article noted the following.
“Mozeliak said during his conversations with trainers Tuesday ‘the word surgery never came up’ for either Furcal or Garcia.”
The potential good news is that Garcia threw 25 pitches from the Busch Stadium mound on Monday and will move toward a normal off-season schedule.