Garcia is done for the season

Garcia is done for the season

CHICAGO -- Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia will sit out the rest of the season, putting an end to his highly successful rookie campaign.

"Garcia is done," said Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan. "But he's healthy."

Garcia is fine, physically, but the club believes that the 163 1/3 innings he's thrown this year are plenty. Garcia underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2008 season, and threw just 37 2/3 Minor League innings in 2009.

The Cardinals are still mathematically alive in the playoff race, but Duncan says that, even if a scenario emerges in which St. Louis wins five in a row and the Reds lose five straight, Garcia won't make another start.

"No, as of right now, there is no way we're changing that," said Duncan.

Garcia, who leads all rookie pitchers with 13 wins, stands fourth in the league with a 2.70 ERA. His win total is the most by a Cardinals rookie since Andy Benes in 1996. The club record is 21 wins by Johnny Beazley in 1942.

Garcia's absence means that veteran Jeff Suppan will remain in the rotation. Also, Duncan said that the Cardinals have tweaked their rotation to line up the top hurlers for the season-ending series against the Rockies, who are still in contention.

Suppan will throw on Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Duncan said rookie P.J. Walters would "probably" start against the Pirates on Wednesday. For the four-game series against Colorado, Duncan said the order would be Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook for the first three games. The club is undecided about the starter for the regular-season finale against the Rockies on Oct. 3.