Garcia is competing for a spot in the Tigers' bullpen out of spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old made his MLB debut at the end of 2019, appearing in seven games and allowing nine earned runs but also striking out seven across 6.2 innings of work. Garcia was considered one of the team's most impressive young arms before missing nearly 18 months due to Tommy John surgery in 2017. Manager Ron Gardenhire said his arm "has a lot of life," and with Detroit struggling to find consistent pitching the last few years, Garcia has the chance to make an impact if he performs well this spring.
The Tigers selected Garcia's contract from Triple-A Toledo ahead of Sunday's game against the Twins.
Before missing nearly 18 months after requiring Tommy John surgery in 2017, Garcia had been one of the Tigers' more impressive power arms in the upper levels of the minors. Now healthy again, Garcia emerged as a strong arm at the back end of the Toledo bullpen, posting a 2.97 ERA and 33:14 K:BB in 33.1 innings. He could quickly gain traction in a late-inning role out of a Detroit bullpen that's otherwise lacking in impact arms.
Garcia (elbow) was activated from the minor-league injured list Thursday and assigned to High-A Lakeland, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Garcia has been sidelined all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in February of 2018, but he's finally been cleared to return to game action. Because the right-hander hasn't pitched in the minors since 2017, the Tigers will ease him back into action in the lower minors before eventually returning him to Triple-A Toledo. Should Garcia rediscover some of his pre-injury form -- he compiled a 2.13 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 55 innings between four minor-league stops in 2017 -- he could find himself in the majors later in the season.
Garcia (elbow) is approximately two months away from resuming mound work, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
After recording a 2.13 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 55 innings between four minor-league stops in 2017, Garcia looked like someone who could be a difference maker for the Detroit bullpen heading into 2018. That never came to pass, however, as the right-hander experienced pain early in spring training and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery Feb. 16. Now almost 11 months removed from the procedure, Garcia is nearing the finish line in his recovery but may be limited for much of the upcoming spring. Once the Tigers are comfortable with his health, expect him to report to Triple-A Toledo, where he'll look to rediscover the form that once made him a potential closer in waiting for the big club.
Garcia will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with a complete tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
The pitching prospect was examined by Dr. James Andrews and ultimately received the worst news possible. Garcia will now put his focus on rehabbing his elbow for a return sometime during the 2019 season. Once he gets back on the mound, he'll look to build off the strong 2017 campaign he produced, in which he jumped all the way from High-A to Triple-A over the course of the season.
Garcia (elbow) is meeting with Dr. James Andrews next week about recurring pain in his elbow, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Garcia hasn't been scheduled for Tommy John surgery, but that's always the fear when a player meets with Dr. Andrews about an elbow injury. Garcia pitched across four levels in the Tigers' minor-league system last year, eventually reaching Triple-A Toledo. The reliever has a career 2.20 ERA in 73.2 minor-league innings.
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