Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
When Jaime Garcia had a setback in spring training in his recovery from shoulder surgery, most understandably considered him a long shot to be a real contributor this season. However, Garcia had a successful rehab and has looked great in three starts since rejoining the Cardinals’ rotation, posting a 4.12 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 19/0 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings. As long as he can remain healthy, he needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.