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Injury sidelines Cards starter

WASHINGTON — The Cardinals removed LHP Jaime Garcia from their NL Division Series roster Tuesday, a day after he lasted only two innings in his Game 2 start because of an ailing shoulder.

An MRI exam revealed a strained rotator cuff and inflammation in Garcia's pitching shoulder. He'll be replaced by rookie RHP Shelby Miller.

Garcia's health was a concern after he missed two months this season with shoulder fatigue, but he had pitched well since returning in mid August. He said he had felt some "normal stiffness" from those late-season games, but the feeling in the shoulder was different when he took the mound Monday against the Nationals.

"We're in the playoffs," Garcia said. "I want to be there for my team. I want to be able to help out, but I just realized that once the game started it never got better. I never got warm, and I had to say something. I made the decision. I said something at the right time, and we still won the game."

FIRST CHANCE: After spending more than seven years bouncing around the minor leagues and recovering from injuries, Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez is not letting a thing get past him during his first playoff experience.

"The postseason sweater. That's what all the pitchers and most of the guys were wearing," he said. "It was a great feeling. Got the chills. Got the adrenaline going, even though I wasn't playing."

The rookie, 28, who pitches tonight in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Yankees, has gone from being released by the Red Sox in December to being perhaps the Orioles' most consistent pitcher down the stretch, going 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA since Aug. 10.

"Miguel has put himself in a position to contribute, and he's a great story about perseverance and just a strong will to succeed," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's always got a smile on his face, and he's a guy that's not going to wither from the competition, that's not going to have anxiety about things, he trusts himself and he trusts his teammates behind him. He's been fun to watch."

AILING ACE: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto was diagnosed with a mild right oblique strain. The 19-game winner left in the first inning of the NLDS opener Saturday with what was initially called back spasms. The team hadn't decided by Tuesday whether to remove him from the playoff roster, which would make him ineligible to return before the World Series.

TRAVEL TROUBLE: The Yankees got a taste of the commuter's life. Power problems on the team's train line delayed its departure out of Baltimore after Monday night's game. The Yankees were then forced to switch to buses during a late-night trip home, arriving in New York around 6 a.m.

Injury sidelines Cards starter 10/09/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 10:11pm]
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