Indeed, no, Freddy Garcia has not started pitching in Venezuela yet, as he had hoped to be doing by now. His agent, Peter Greenberg, wrote in an email that he’s now hoping for early November. There’s no sign of a major injury, but the progress is slower than originally planned. He’s long-tossing for now and is expected to resume throwing off of a mound shortly.
As far as what this does for his situation in free agency, I don’t imagine much. If he comes back in November throwing strikes with good velocity, I don’t think many teams will remember the delay too pointedly. Whether he does well or not, however, this could mean he will not be a quick signing by any club while scouts wait to see how he looks.