LOS ANGELES -- Hours after team physician George Paletta performed surgery on Jaime Garcia's left shoulder on Friday, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the organization is optimistic that Garcia will enjoy a full recovery by the start of the 2014 season.
The procedure -- which included a debridgement of the labrum and rotator cuff -- went "very well," according to Mozeliak. The recovery time should have Garcia healthy enough to follow a normal offseason program.
Garcia opted to address the shoulder tear with surgery under the recommendation of both Paletta and Dr. James Andrews.
After rehabbing his shoulder throughout the offseason, Garcia pitched nine games for the Cardinals this year before an increasing amount of pain forced him to shut down. He went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA.
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