Jaime Garcia aims for the Starting Rotation


St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will appear on Cardinals Spring Training Report, which can be seen tonight on FOX Sports Midwest at 10 PM Central. A brief excerpt can be found on the FS Midwest website.

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Talking to Jim Hayes, Garcia commented on coming back from injury and how he is approaching his preparation for the upcoming baseball season.

Garcia has “learned a lot more from the bad things than the good ones.” It is because of this that the left-hander feels “a little excited about coming this year and being healthy.”

Garcia has put last year in the past. He’s taking it “one day at a time and be ready to go for it when the season starts.”

The left-hander has been dealing with one injury or another since the 2012 season. The full season he pitched came back during 2011, when the Cardinals won the World Series.

Hayes asked Garcia whether he plans to earn a spot in the Cardinals pitching rotation or a role in the bullpen.

“First of all, I’m a starting pitcher,” Garcia responds. “I’ve been a starting pitcher my whole career. I prepared myself this offseason to be a starting pitcher this year.”

Garcia realizes that this is a decision that only the St. Louis Cardinals will be able to make. It certainly won’t be made easy for him when for spots in the rotation are likely to be awarded to Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, and John Lackey. The Cardinals seem inclined to give the fifth spot to Carlos Martinez while Marco Gonzales is also competing for the fifth position. A healthy Garcia would certainly be thrown into the mix seeing as how much the Cardinals are paying him under his contract.

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