The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to this afternoon's series finale against the New York Mets that left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia has been activated from the 15-day disabled list (left shoulder) and will make the start today. The team also announced that right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala has been optioned to Memphis (AAA) to make room for Garcia on the 25-man active roster.
Garcia, 28, is making his season debut today, as he returns from neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery that was performed on July 11, 2014. Garcia made a pair of injury rehabilitation starts earlier this month for Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA). His last Major League appearance came on June 15, 2014 in a win over Washington.
Garcia was 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts for the Cardinals last season. He owns a 42-26 career mark with a 3.50 ERA in 106 games (97 starts) since debuting for the Cardinals in 2008. His last full season came in 2011 when he made a career-high 32 start while posting a 13-7 mark for the World Series champions.