Report: Garcia has major biceps injury

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.

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