"Obviously I wasn't trying to do too much, but the intensity goes up as soon as you get a hitter in there," Garcia said. "It was just trying to get a feel for things. I was pleased with the way things went."
Garcia had surgery in late May to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder. He started nine games this season for the Cardinals before increasing pain from the injury ended his season.
The 26-year-old lefty estimated that he will repeat the session in a few days, and he does not expect to throw a bullpen session in between.
"It was a good first live BP, and I'm excited about it," Garcia said. "I'm excited that Craig felt good and he looks good. I thought he looked really good swinging the bat. It's a good first time out there."
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