Cardinals' Jaime Garcia to have shoulder examined

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St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia will have his sore shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

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.

• St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter agreed to a $52 million, six-year contract.

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: Outfielder Yasiel Puig was excused from baseball activities Saturday because of a personal matter, manager Don Mattingly said.

“It hasn’t been a big deal. I’ve known about it since the beginning of camp,” Mattingly said.

He declined to give any further details.

BLUE JAYS: Jose Bautista hit his third home run of the spring in a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Twins.

ROYALS: James Shields and Jason Vargas will start the first two games of the season at Detroit.

Manager Ned Yost said Wade Davis is no longer a candidate for a spot in the rotation.

Yost says left-hander Danny Duffy and rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura are the remaining candidates to fill out the rotation.

Jeremy Guthrie, who led the Royals with 15 victories last year, will start the home opener on April 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

Shields, who started the opener last season, was 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA last.


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