Left-handed reliever Onelki Garcia had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Friday, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. According to the team, it was “a basic clean out procedure and spur removal.” Garcia is expected to be throwing in about 5 to 6 weeks and “should be competitive” by the beginning of the regular season.
Garcia made his major-league debut with the Dodgers in September after being added to the 40-man roster from Triple-A Albuquerque. In three games, the 24-year-old from Cuba allowed two runs in 1 ⅓ innings, walking four batters and striking out one.
Some bullet points for a Tuesday:
• ESPN.com’s Keith Law reported Roy Clark, the Washington Nationals’ assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel, has joined the Dodgers’ front office. Clark, 56, has experience working with Dodgers president Stan Kasten dating to 1989, when he joined the Atlanta Braves as an area scout. In 11 years as the Braves’ Director of Scouting, he oversaw the drafts that landed Brian McCann, Jason Heyward, Adam Wainwright, Adam LaRoche, Kevin Millwood, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Marquis, among others. We don’t have confirmation of the hire as of yet, or what role Clark would fill with the Dodgers.
• There’s a rumor going around, started by San Diego radio host Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton and relayed here, that the Dodgers offered Andre Ethier, Zack Lee, and a minor-league prospect to the Tampa Bay Rays for David Price, on the condition that the Dodgers eat some of Ethier’s salary. At this point, consider it just a rumor.
• A girl dressed in a Dodgers uniform was denied candy on Halloween by a San Francisco Giants fan.
• I like Rob Neyer’s idea for changing the Manager of the Year voting protocol. I’ll even report the 15,000-word piece accompanying the award — at $10 per word.