Cardinals activate Garcia to start finale vs. Mets

Flushing, NY ( - The St. Louis Cardinals activated left- hander Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list to start Thursday's series finale against the New York Mets.

Garcia, 28, will make his first start for the Cardinals since undergoing thoracic outlet surgery last July. The procedure alleviated numbness and tingling in his pitching arm and hand.

He made rehab starts with Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield earlier this month, allowing a combined seven runs and 12 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals optioned reliever Sam Tuivailala to Memphis to make room for Garcia on the roster.