Welcome to the big leagues, Jaime Garcia.
This actually isn’t a horrible move in my book, assuming it’s only temporary. I think the Cardinals need to really seriously consider now the acquisition of a left-handed thrower, regardless of starter or reliever. I’d hate to see Garcia get banged around like Mike Parisi or Mitchell Boggs – in a call up that is really before he’s ready, in my humble opinion – and ruin his confidence. The Cardinals don’t need another four-A pitcher hanging around.
Godspeed, Mark Mulder. While many have – and continue to – bag on this guy, I was always pulling for him. Sure, the trade turned out poorly in hindsight for the Cards, and sure, Mulder’s return on investment that we’ve seen from Walt Jocketty’s ill-advised contract extension has been virtually nil. But I don’t think anyone can question his heart, his determination, and ultimately his disappointment at seeing his career end so abruptly (even though one could argue that his career “ended” long ago). From STLToday.com:
Mulder is scheduled to have an MRI today in St. Louis; the procedure may be little more than a formality for a pitcher who has needed two shoulder operations and has had four unsuccessful rehab assignments since earning his last major-league win in June 2006.
Mulder is on record as saying he’d rather retire than go through another surgery and rehab. With this season seemingly over, from the reports, and the Cardinals surely not picking up his option for next season, this all too likely signals the end of the road for Mulder.
The optimist in me is still keeping my fingers crossed, for his sake.