Garcia stays on extra rest as Cards set rotation

Garcia stays on extra rest as Cards set rotation

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals will shuffle their starting rotation slightly for this weekend's series against the Braves. However, considering the recent adjustments that left Kyle Lohse and Jaime Garcia pitching on a week's rest (or more), the latest nudge is very slight.

After an off-day Thursday, Edwin Jackson will pitch Friday. Jackson will be working on his regular four days' rest, the only pitcher who will not get an extra day after the off-day. Garcia will pitch on Saturday on six days' rest, followed by Jake Westbrook on Sunday on five days' rest.

For the following series, at Pittsburgh, Kyle Lohse and Chris Carpenter will go on Monday and Tuesday, each on five days' rest. Manager Tony La Russa noted that by moving Garcia, the only left-hander in the rotation, he ensures that Garcia will pitch during the Sept. 16-19 series at Philadelphia.

"And," La Russa added, "I think every day he gets extra it's always good for him. He's still a young, developing pitcher."

Rookie Brandon Dickson, who made a spot start last week in Milwaukee, is not slotted for any more starts this season. La Russa said that he has sketched out his rotation for the remainder of 2011, and that the plan includes only his regular five starters.