Ways for the St. Louis Cardinals to Overcome Jaime Garcia's Injury

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Ways for the St. Louis Cardinals to Overcome Jaime Garcia's Injury
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This is no time to sit and sulk. The Cardinals are still in a division race and must move forward.

Jaime Garcia's injury comes as the latest of many suffered by the St. Louis Cardinals this season, but the Show Me State's favorite team must go on.

Garcia joins key players such as Chris Carpenter, Jon Jay and Lance Berkman on the disabled list with his torn rotator cuff and labrum. Joe Strauss reports for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he will be out at least six weeks. The injury will likely cost him two months. Strauss quoted Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak saying that surgery is "not on the table."

The discussion surrounding St. Louis' rotation suddenly shifts from "who is the odd man out when Carpenter returns?" to "what the heck does the team do until then?"

"Clearly we don't have the capacity to maintain a winning club throughout the year as we are today," Mozeliak said, according to Strauss' story. "When you have seven or eight guys on the DL and you think there's a chance you get four or five of them back to contribute at some point, then the answer becomes 'when.' That's the floating target. If that target is something we don't get to until August or September, it's probably too late."

Regardless of circumstances, the Cardinals remain in a race for the National League Central division title. The Cincinnati Reds certainly won't feel sorry for St. Louis, nor will they cut their rivals any slack.

Mo doesn't think the Cardinals can compete the way they are now, so let's look at what must change.

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