Jaime Garcia injury: Cardinals LHP placed on DL with shoulder pain

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The St. Louis starter is currently dealing with pain in his left shoulder.

The St. Louis Cardinals placed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia on the disabled list with left shoulder pain, general manager John Mozeliak told members of the media on Saturday. The team will recall Mitchell Boggs from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday to fill his spot on the roster.

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The injury sounds serious, as Garcia said that he feels pain every time he lifts his left arm. Garcia will visit Dr. James Andrews to determine the next step in Garcia's recovery.

The shoulder issues are not new for Garcia, as he battled them throughout the 2012 season as well. The southpaw has also undergone Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss all of the 2009 season, but the two injuries are not necessarily related.

Garcia has pitched well for the Cardinals this year, as he is 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in his first nine starts. The lefty has been successful forcing batters to hit the ball on the ground, as he currently leads all qualified starters in groundball percentage at 63 percent.

Garcia joins fellow Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook on the disabled list. The team does not need to replace Garcia in the rotation until the middle of next week, giving the team some options for his replacement. St. Louis recalled rookie John Gast to start in place of Westbrook, and may call up another rookie to pitch in place of Garcia.

The Cardinals' 2012 first-round pick Michael Wacha is one of the replacement options. One of the team's top prospects, Wacha has started the season strong in Triple-A, going 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his first eight starts.

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