Garcia is weighing medical options

2012-10-12T05:30:00Z 2012-11-14T20:24:19Z Garcia is weighing medical optionsBY JOE STRAUSS • > 314-340-8371

WASHINGTON • Lefthander Jaime Garcia consulted with New York orthopedic surgeon David Altchek on Thursday, informing him recent discomfort in his left shoulder has manifested itself in ways different from what forced Garcia to the disabled list in June.

Garcia, who was removed from the playoffs shortly after lasting only two innings in his Game 2 start against the Washington Nationals, said no decision has yet been made about whether to pursue surgery and that he may pursue an additional consultation with Dr. James Andrews.

"It's my shoulder and ultimately the decision is mine what to do," Garcia said shortly after the Cardinals' loss in Game 4 of the National League division series. "I don't have that answer yet."

Garcia traveled to New York early Thursday morning and returned shortly before Thursday afternoon's start. He met briefly with general manager John Mozeliak and team medical supervisor Dr. George Paletta. Garcia said he needed to speak further with his agent, Melvin Roman.

"Nothing's done yet," Garcia said. "I need to think about things some more and talk to my agent. I might decide to get another opinion. Right now, I'm not sure."

The Cardinals withheld any statement about Garcia until today.

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