Associated Press St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia will have his sore shoulder examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews. Garcia will also have a rehabilitation plan set up by physical therapists in Andrews’ office in Birmingham, Ala. “That will really set the course of action for the next couple of weeks,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said Saturday. Garcia, 27, felt soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder and hasn’t thrown since the second week of spring training. He has already visited Dr. Andrews’ office once, and it was determined then that he didn’t need surgery. The left-hander will be in Alabama for a few days. The program he begins there is not expected to involve throwing. There is no timetable for his return to the mound, but he probably won’t be ready for the start of the season. In five major-league seasons, Garcia is 39-25 with a 3.45 ERA.
Cards lock up Carpenter
The St. Louis Cardinals and third baseman Matt Carpenter agreed to a $52 million, six-year contract. The deal includes a team option for a seventh year in 2020 at $18.5 million.
Carpenter’s agent, Bryan Cahill, says the 28-year-old received a $1 million signing bonus and he’ll make $1.5 million this season. The salary reaches $14.5 million in 2019. He hit .318 while leading the National League in hits (199), doubles (55) and runs (126) last season while playing second base. He is moving to third this season.
Dodgers excuse Puig
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was excused because of a personal matter.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Puig was permitted to miss baseball activities on Saturday. He is expected back in the lineup today.
“It hasn’t been a big deal. I’ve known about it since the beginning of camp,” Mattingly said.
Royals move Davis
Manager Ned Yost pondered the loss of reliever Luke Hochevar all Friday evening.
When Yost arrived at the Royals’ complex Saturday morning, he made his first decision to fill the void created by Hochevar’s season-ending Tommy John surgery. Yost removed Wade Davis from the No. 5 starter competition and inserted him into the back of his bullpen.
“He’s a dominant factor down there for us,” Yost said. “Once we lost Hoch, it became apparent to me that his presence was sorely needed down there.”