Garcia was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday. Garcia will report to Omaha after passing through waivers untouched. The 28-year-old struggled during his brief time in the majors this season, allowing nine runs on 12 hits and five walks while only striking out two batters in six innings. He'll stick in the minors as organizational pitching depth.
Garcia (0-1) gave up four runs on four hits and one walk in one-third of an inning in a losing effort against the Twins on Saturday. This was a disaster from the start and it only got worse for Kansas City, as four relievers combined to give up 13 more runs after Garcia's exit. Garcia has allowed nine runs over six innings in his two appearances with the Royals, so chances are they will turn elsewhere the next time through the rotation.
Garcia will start Saturday's game in Minnesota, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. He gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two in 5.2 innings of long relief in his Royals debut last weekend. This means he is properly stretched out, but extremely risky for fantasy purposes. Garcia may only be making a spot start, as it is unclear when Danny Duffy (elbow) will be able to return to the rotation.
Garcia was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Garcia will take the roster spot of Danny Duffy (elbow), who was placed on the disabled list in a corresponding move. The 28-year-old has just 1.1 innings of big-league experience to his name, so he likely won't pitch in anything other than low-leverage situations. He recently shifted into Omaha's starting rotation, compiling a 4.89 ERA across 10 starts, so he'll be able to offer length out of the Royals' bullpen.
Garcia is pitching his way toward a late-season call-up, Tony Boone of the Omaha World-Herald reports. The Cuban-born southpaw, who was drafted by the Dodgers in 2012, was once a highly-touted prospect before failing to make good on his third-round selection. This year, however, Garcia is showing signs that he could be a late bloomer. Over his last six games, the 28-year-old owns a 2.59 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.
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