The Phillies recalled Garcia from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday. The reliever will add bullpen depth and take the roster spot of starter Jake Thompson, whom the Phillies optioned Wednesday. Garcia hasn't allowed a run in 4.1 big-league innings this year but toiled with a 6.46 ERA last season.
Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Saturday's game, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Garcia has pitched in five games this season and has yet to allow a run. He will be back the next time the Phillies need a reliever.
Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Garcia will take the spot on the 25-man roster previously occupied by Adam Morgan, who was demoted to Triple-A on Tuesday. It's expected that Garcia will work in low-leverage scenarios out of the Phillies bullpen after turning in a 6.46 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in 15.1 innings with the big club a season ago.
Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Garcia posted a 5.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP this spring, which wasn't enough for him to crack the Opening Day roster over the likes of Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez.
Garcia said he is working on adding a splitter to his arsenal this spring, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Garcia has a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider already, but his biggest issue has always been his command. He's managed to keep the walks in check thus far this spring with just one in 5.2 innings. Manager Pete Mackanin admitted that Garcia is on the roster bubble as the Phillies may need his 40-man roster spot if they decide to add a non-roster invitee to their squad when they head north for the start of the regular season. Given Garcia's tools, it is likely he would be claimed by another club looking for bullpen depth.
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