Garcia says he may need more surgery

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm •  Published: July 5, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia told reporters he may need additional shoulder surgery because he's experiencing nerve issues and numbness in his hand.

Garcia's comments came as news to general manager John Mozeliak, who said he hadn't discussed the situation with the player.

Mozeliak said Saturday the Cardinals had basically ruled Garcia out for the rest of the year and that Garcia had consulted with team trainers. But he said the team believed other options had not been explored.

Mozeliak judged the decision-making process "rather dramatic and quick" and added, "obviously, it sounds like he's made the decision."

"Do I sound frustrated? Do I look frustrated?" Mozeliak said before St. Louis played the Marlins. "Obviously, these are difficult times when you're dealing with injuries, but I certainly would have loved to have heard from him."

The 27-year-old Garcia is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts this season. He began the year on the 15-day disabled list and was placed there a second time on June 21 with shoulder soreness. He told reporters that surgery was an "option" and added, "I want to be out there so bad."

Mozeliak said he'd been told Garcia almost certainly will bypass the team medical staff and undergo thoracic outlet surgery to free the affected nerves with an outside surgeon.