The Braves have picked up veteran starting pitcher Freddie Garcia from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. This is not a bad move to give the team some pitching depth with Beachy going back to Dr James Andrews with discomfort and Minor being skipped in this turn in the rotation. Garcia has made 11 appearances, 10 starts, for the Orioles this season covering 53 innings. He has accumulated a 5.77 ERA and only struck out 26 batters in his 53 innings.
Garcia will report to AAA Gwinnett and will probably only be brought up if something else bad happens to one of our starters or could possibly be a long man. This might also mean potential bad news is coming on the Beachy front. Garcia’s best days are long behind him and I wouldn’t expect him to really contribute the rest of this season, and that’s if he ever even reaches the big club. Let’s hope that he doesn’t because he is not particularly good at this stage, and that probably means something has gone wrong. This move is purely for insurance purposes. You can never have too much pitching depth this time of the year. Welcome to Gwinnett, Freddy!