Unfortunately, it seems that the news about Cardinals starter Jaime Garicia couldn't be much worse.
According to the team, the lefty was found to have some tearing of the labrum and rotator cuff during an examination of his pitching shoulder. Garcia is a guy who has already had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He bounced back from that batter than ever. But shoulder maladies are much more serious.
Not only is there a good chance that his season could be over. But his career could be in jeopardy, too.
The last lefty starter the Cardinals gave a multi-year contract to, Mark Mulder, had his career frustratingly ended by exactly the same injury. Hopefully Garcia's damage is less severe. But it's still the same type of damage to the same parts.
The St. Louis medical staff needs to be extremely careful with how it handles Garcia's recovery. They're doing the right thing by seeking multiple opinions on the course of treatment. But it's important not to rush Garcia back before his arm is sound. Otherwise there's a good chance that he could be ruined for good.
Sadly for the 2012 Redbirds, it seemed that the pitching surplus they thought they had has gone up in smoke. Garcia and Chris Carpenter will both miss significant time while Jake Westbrook has been terrible beyond a handful of starts in April. While Lance Lynn has been excellent filling in for Carp, he can only fill one of the three holes the team has in its rotation.
Meanwhile the thought that minor league top prospect Shelby Miller would be poised to jump in if needed hasn't panned out. Miller is struggling in Class AAA and there are few attractive free agent options available.