Saturday's mound session was the third for Garcia, who has been sidelined since June 6 with a left shoulder impingement. He again threw 40 pitches, though this time he also mixed in offspeed offerings. Afterward, Garcia's assessment -- both of his health and pitch crispness -- was positive.
"It felt pretty good," Garcia said. "My arm feels good. I feel like the ball is coming out pretty good. It's a matter of kind of getting your timing where it needs to be, but I was pleased with the timing and the location. Everything is pretty good."
General manager John Mozeliak estimated that Garcia will throw side sessions, live batting practice and/or simulated games for about 10-14 days before officially beginning a Minor League rehab assignment. In addition to ensuring that he regains the feel for all of his pitches, Garcia also has to prepare his arm to handle the workload of a starter.
Mozeliak estimated that Garcia could be ready to return to the Cardinals' rotation around Aug. 12
"I'm really positive about this thing," Garcia said. "I told them that if everything is going good and feeling good, there's no reason for us to stay here and keep throwing bullpens."