Jaime Garcia was lifted after just two innings of his 2012 post-season debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. On Tuesday, the Cardinals removed Garcia from the roster.
Garcia started Game Two on Monday, a must-win versus the Nationals after a loss in Game One. 18-game winner Lance Lynn, who pitched brilliantly in relief of Garcia, along with an offensive explosion, picked up the slack after Garcia’s poor showing. After the game, Garcia disclosed that he was pitching with discomfort in his shoulder, a condition he had been feeling for several days. He had not informed his team of the issue prior to starting Monday’s game. Garcia underwent an MRI on his shoulder on Tuesday.
Right hander Shelby Miller takes Garcia’s place on the roster and will most likely pitch in relief. Lynn will likely assume Garcia’s role in the playoff rotation. Due to being removed from the roster in the middle of the series, Garcia will not be eligible for play should the Cardinals advance to the NLCS. He could, in theory, be available for the World Series, health permitting, of course.