ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia will be shut down for at least the next four weeks after a second opinion on Friday confirmed that he has an impingement in his left shoulder.
Garcia traveled to California to visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who examined Garcia and reviewed the studies already done by the Cardinals' medical staff. According to general manager John Mozeliak, Yocum "was in agreement with what our medical staff sees."
Yocum's recommendation was for Garcia to rest and go through shoulder therapy for the next four weeks. Surgery was not recommended as a potential remedy.
Garcia will also seek a third opinion -- this one from Dr. James Andrews -- on Monday in order to get additional assurance that the diagnosis is correct.
Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will be replaced in the rotation, at least for now, by right-hander Joe Kelly. Garcia first complained of a shoulder issue after allowing six runs in two innings on Tuesday. That start had already been pushed back four days because of elbow discomfort.
"It's not too unusual when you have your shoulder that's bothering you and then you put more pressure on your elbow," Mozeliak said. "We are reading what he tells us."
With this timetable, Garcia won't begin throwing again until, at the earliest, right around the All-Star break. His return to the club would then come several weeks later, as Garcia would have to go through the proper process of building up his arm again.