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Jaime Garcia, Michael Wacha impress in Palm Beach

The Cardinals had two significant appearances from pitchers Monday in Palm beach.

Injured major league starter Jaime Garcia threw 2 1/3 innings for the Gulf Coast Cardinals. He scattered four hits and allowed no runs. Those in attendance apparently thought that he looked pretty good despite the results.

Garcia is basically in the same physical state of readiness one could expect from a pitcher at the beginning of spring training. So it's likely he will need to make several rehab starts before he's ready to return to the major league team. The earliest possible return the Redbirds have projected is sometime in the middle of August, possibly the 12th.

He was described as being "sharp" despite being touched by Class A players for four hits. I haven't seen any video, however. So, for all I know, he might have been limited to only throwing fastballs or something to that effect.

Meanwhile... Cardinals 2012 first round draft pick Michael Wacha was spectacular in his debut Monday night with the Palm Beach Cardinals in High A ball.

Wacha worked two hitless innings against the Dunedin Blue Jays and struck out five of the six opposing hitters he faced. He was promoted from the Gulf Coast rookie team where he pitched five innings and allowed four hits while whiffing seven. He walked none and his 1.80 ERA came from the only damage done against the Texas A&M product: a solo homer.

Last week three late round 2012 draftees had a big day for the GCL Cardinals. Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers and Rio Ruiz combined Thursday to pitch a perfect game over the Rookie League Astros.

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