Rehabbing Garcia could see game action in next 2 weeks

Rehabbing Garcia could see game action in next 2 weeks

CHICAGO -- Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia, who remained in Florida as the rest of the Major League team broke camp, is expected to resume throwing off the mound this week and could be pitching in an extended spring training or Minor League game within the next two weeks, general manager John Mozeliak said on Sunday.

Garcia last pitched on March 26, when he threw a side session two days after wrapping up an 80-pitch simulated game. He could not, however, shake the shoulder fatigue that followed, which forced the Cardinals to place Garcia on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.

After several days of therapy and strengthening work, Garcia started playing catch again late last week. The Cardinals will see how his arm responds to mound work before determining the next step in his rehab.

"Really the last couple weeks, it was really about slowing things down, allowing him to get that strength back," Mozeliak said. "Now that he's starting to feel stronger, it will allow him to throw more. … I would say in the next week to two weeks we'll have a better idea perhaps about when he's expected to return or what a rehab assignment might look like."

Outfielder Tommy Pham, the other Cardinals player to open the season on the DL, will get a second opinion on his left quad strain on Monday. Pham was scheduled to visit with a Dallas-area physician on Friday but missed his flight.

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