December 5th, 2008
MRI results on free agent Freddy Garcia’s arm revealed no structural
damage, just tightness in his throwing shoulder. That dispels an
earlier report from a Venezuelan paper that stated he would miss four
months with a biceps injury.
Garcia’s agent, Peter Greenberg,
said Friday evening that Garcia will go on a throwing program and
hopefully return to action in two weeks. That would give him a few more
starts in winter ball and at least a few more looks in front of Major
League scouts before the Venezuelan League’s regular season ended. In
any case, that will likely leave the free agent on the market heading
past the holiday season.
Garcia also had shoulder tightness that
knocked him out of Detroit’s regular season finale Sept. 29 and slowed
his throwing program in preparation for winter ball. MRI results in
October were also negative.
It’s partly a company plug, but also a good sign of where Porcello ranks compared to the rest of the prospects around baseball. Plus, the story includes some footage of Porcello from Class A Lakeland. He ranked just ahead of former Tigers prospect Cameron Maybin. The only three ahead of him were Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, O’s catching prospect Matt Wieters, and some Rays pitcher named David Price.
Some of the Venezuelan sports papers have been known to run wild with rumors and reports, so they have to be taken with caution with exclusive stories. With that in mind, Lieder en Deportes quotes an anonymous source saying that right-hander Freddy Garcia has a major biceps injury that will keep him out of action for four months.
That was news to the Garcia camp. Garcia’s agent, Peter Greenberg, said Friday morning that they have yet to get the results of an MRI exam taken Thursday in Venezuela. Once they do, hopefully today, they’ll decide whether Garcia will stay on a pitching schedule, go on a throwing program or return to the United States to see a specialist.
Garcia, a free agent this winter, had started pitching winter ball in his native Venezuela to show scouts he’s healthy. He left his last start a week ago after two innings with shoulder tightness. It was believed to be a minor injury, but the MRI demonstrates some caution.
The paper, citing an anonymous source close to the situation, reported that an MRI exam conducted Thursday showed the damage in the biceps. A four-month absence would keep him out until April and become another challenge for Garcia to try to overcome and resume his career. He missed about a year with a torn labrum before coming back to make three solid September starts for the Tigers. He has drawn preliminary interest from some teams this offseason.