Each hurler was scheduled to begin rehab assignments with Double-A Springfield in the Texas League Sunday. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided updates on both, delivering some good news and some bad news.
Garcia had to leave after two innings and 28 pitches because he was hit on his throwing elbow with a pitch while hitting with the bases loaded. The southpaw was taken to a nearby hospital to get X-rays. Thankfully, there is no fracture and he's diagnosed with a bruise. He's heading back to St. Louis to get re-evaluated.
Only making nine starts for the Cardinals in 2013, Garcia was effective in limited action. He went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched.
Later on in Springfield's game, Motte made his first appearance on the mound since going under the knife. It took him 13 pitches to get through one inning, striking out the side.
The right-hander missed all of 2013 because of Tommy John, but was excellent in 67 appearances for St. Louis in 2012. He posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 42 saves and 86 strikeouts in 72 innings.
The Cardinals pitching staff has performed well in the season's first month, with their 3.03 team ERA fourth-best in baseball. Soon enough, St. Louis fans should be seeing reinforcements arriving on the mound just in time for summer.
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