{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] ,"content":["injury" ] }

Garcia back in Cards' camp with rehab goals

|
Garcia back in Cards' camp with rehab goals

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jaime Garcia, who has returned to the Cardinals' spring complex after a two-day visit to Dr. James Andrews' rehabilitation facility in Birmingham, Ala., said that he hopes to resume playing catch by the end of the week and to be back on the mound before the Cardinals head north in two weeks.

It has been almost a month since Garcia halted his throwing program due to bursitis in his surgically-repaired left shoulder. He has since received a cortisone shot and assurances from two doctors that there is no new structural damage. Garcia traveled to Birmingham earlier this week to get input from physical therapists on what should be incorporated into his rehab program. They also tested Garcia's shoulder for weakness; none was found.

"It was a good trip," said Garcia, who will incorporate the suggested exercises into his rehab program and between-starts routine moving forward.

Garcia will open the season on the disabled list, but he has set a pair of personal goals as he prepares to move past this delay. Not only does he want to be pitching off a mound before the end of the month, but once he's on it, Garcia does not want to have his season interrupted by a shoulder issue again. He spent time on the DL for a shoulder injury each of the last two years.

"I want to be smart about this thing, but at the same time, I'm close to 10 months after surgery and I'm ready to get things going and be healthy," Garcia said. "Obviously, I'm going to miss some time and not break [camp] with the team. But my goal is to be ready to go for a full season once I'm healthy."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] ,"content":["injury" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] ,"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español