Garner was activated from the 7-day disabled list Friday.
The 28-year-old has yet to make an appearance this season after posting dazzling numbers in 2016, compiling a 1.83 combined ERA and 70 strikeouts over 78.2 innings with both Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron. Garner will likely take up a bullpen role with Akron to begin the year, but could earn himself a quick promotion if he can build upon his previous success.
Garner has yet to appear in a game this season as he remains on the minor-league DL.
There's been no official word of an injury diagnosis, so it's likely the club is stashing the right-hander so he can work on his control -- a problem that's followed him throughout his career. Garner has yet to live up to the hype that surrounded him when the Phillies selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft. He did pitch well last season, compiling a 1.83 ERA over 41 relief appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, but his awful showing at the big-league level didn't help his career prospects. Once activated, he'll rejoin the bullpen with Triple-A Columbus.
Garner was optioned to Triple-A Columbus as part of the team's first wave of cuts.
Garner didn't allow a run over his four Cactus League appearances, but he did display the lack of consistency that's plagued him before. The former second-round pick of the Phillies sandwiched two good outings between two poor showings. Garner will likely jump between levels in 2017, but the righty needs to get command of his arsenal before becoming a mainstay in the big leagues.
Garner has an outside chance of making the team's bullpen this spring, Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer reports.
Garner was drafted by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2010 draft. The big righty didn't pan out as the team planned, so he was dropped and later signed by the Indians in 2015. Garner was called up as part of roster expansions last year, but the results were mixed -- he made eight appearances and struck out 12 over 9.1 innings, yet gave up five runs and walked five. Garner is likely to start the 2017 campaign at Triple-A Columbus, but he'll be one of the first arms called upon when the big league team has a hole to fill in the coming months.
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