Freddy Garcia, cut by the Braves in spring training, went on to throw 160 innings for EDA Rhinos of the Chinese league last year. (Getty Images)
When the Dodgers signed Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract in March, it might have carried less risk than any of their dozens of pre-season acquisitions. When they released him Wednesday, it was easy to miss.
Garcia had only pitched two-thirds of an inning for Oklahoma City the last six days. His performance in four Triple-A games (7.36 ERA, .286/.353/.500 opponents’ slash line) was certainly not encouraging.
Garcia, 38, spent last season in Taiwan after a 15-year major league career. He had never relieved, but there was no room for him in an Oklahoma City rotation that included Scott Baker, Zach Lee, David Huff, Joe Wieland, occasionally Carlos Frias and until Wednesday Mike Bolsinger.
Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias said he went to bed Tuesday night believing he would start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Frias learned Wednesday morning that he had been recalled to take the roster spot of pitcher David Huff, who was designated for assignment after Tuesday’s game. He flew from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles and did not arrive until 4:30 p.m. He wasn’t able to stretch with his teammates on the field.