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Remember years ago when Freddy Garcia was somehow so effective during day games that people dreaded him? Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell used to call him “Day Game Freddy.” That was a long time ago.
Two hitters might hold the key today. Magglio Ordonez is 17-for-52 (.327) off Garcia for his career. He has just one home run in that stretch, but six doubles. Ordonez gets the start, and remember, manager Jim Leyland said he will not pinch-hit for Ordonez.
Miguel Cabrera, on the other hand, is 9-for-23 with three homers off the fellow Venezuelan.
- Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-18 off Garcia)
- Magglio Ordonez, RF (17-for-52, 6 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBIs)
- Delmon Young, LF (3-for-10, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-23, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs)
- Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-30, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
- Alex Avila, C (3-for-9, 2 2Bs, 3 Ks)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (7-for-24, 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
- Wilson Betemit, 3B (1-for-3, HR)
- Ramon Santiago, 2B (0-for-5)
P: Max Scherzer
- Derek Jeter, SS (2-for-9 off Scherzer)
- Curtis Granderson, CF (3-for-11, 3 Ks)
- Robinson Cano, 2B (1-for-8, HR)
- Alex Rodriguez, 3B (0-for-8, 3 Ks)
- Mark Teixeira, 1B (3-for-10, 2B, HR)
- Nick Swisher, RF (2-for-6, 2 BBs, 3 Ks)
- Jorge Posada, DH (2-for-8, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs)
- Russell Martin, C (3-for-15, 2B)
- Brett Gardner, LF (0-for-6, 2 BBs, 3 Ks)
P: Freddy Garcia
The Tigers helped get Freddy Garcia back on the mound a few years ago after shoulder surgery, then watched him help thwart their division hopes with the White Sox the following season. Now that Garcia is a free agent again and the Tigers need some starting competition, would a reunion in Detroit be possible, or has he burned his bridges here?
It’s possible, though unlikely at this point. Tigers officials at least pondered the idea this offseason, and Garcia is believed to be open to it. But all indications point towards Brad Penny and Jeremy Bonderman getting more consideration from the Tigers right now as they look for a veteran starter to push Armando Galarraga for the fifth starter spot.
On the list of back-end starting options, the Tigers certainly could do worse.
Garcia went 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts down the stretch for Detroit in 2008 after missing more than a year rehabbing from labrum surgery. More shoulder trouble in winter ball helped keep the Tigers off him that offseason. He rejoined the White Sox, where he helped win a World Series in 2005, and went 15-10 in Chicago over the last two seasons, but with a 4.56 ERA and 27 home runs allowed over 213 combined innings.
Garcia throws with even less velocity now than he had a few years ago, but he gets more results out of less pure stuff than a lot of pitchers in his situation. As one scout put it, he pitches like he can throw 95 mph. He also has as much experience with AL Central hitters as anyone on the market — 36 plate appearances against Justin Morneau (6-for-29), 35 PAs versus Joe Mauer (13-for-31), 36 with Travis Hafner (15-for-33) and 34 against Jim Thome (5-for-23).
There’s also the 18-7 record he sports against the Tigers, including 2-1 with a 4.39 ERA in five meetings with Detroit last year. His seven innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts at Detroit on the final Saturday of the 2009 season was a major blow in the Tigers’ division collapse, dropping them into a tie with the Twins.
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.
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.
Free agent Freddy Garcia’s winter campaign began Monday with around 60 pitches in a game in Venezuela’s parallel league, essentially their farm system. How his arm feels from that outing will likely determine when the veteran right-hander pitches in the main league, which is what Major League teams are waiting to see. A few teams have expressed preliminary interest, but a healthy winter ball campaign will be important for him.
Garcia hadn’t pitched in a game since his six innings of one-run ball in the Tigers’ season finale Sept. 29. He left that outing with some tightness around his shoulder. While tests showed no major cause for concern, his winter ball entrance was pushed back a few times from late October to the start of November to now.
The Tigers continue to track Garcia, who made three September starts for them after signing a Minor League contract in August to complete his comeback from shoulder surgery.
As for Zumaya, he has now been cleared to start rehab exercises on his shoulder. He’s pain-free and he has full range of motion, but the Tigers medical staff wants him to regain strength in his shoulder with the exercises before he begins a throwing program. The lack of pain and full range of motion are encouraging, but again, the Tigers want to be cautious after his past setbacks.
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.
By now, you may or not have seen footage or photos of Freddy Garcia and the long hair he has grown. It isn’t quite as big as the head of hair on Magglio Ordonez, but it’s pretty long. He had said when he was in Toledo that he was going to cut it, but he still hasn’t. I’d meant to ask him about it ever since he got here, and he said today that he was actually mistaken for Ordonez recently when he was at a local restaurant.
He was actually pretty baffled by the mistake.
“Magglio is what, 5-9? I’m 6-4, 250,” Garcia said.
Ordonez, by the way, is listed as six feet even, so I’m assuming he was kidding.
Garcia still plans on getting his hair cut.
“I don’t want people to call me Magglio on the street,” he said.
Back to work after the Twins series and in time to cover the sequel to the simulated game between Dontrelle Willis and Freddy Garcia. Garcia threw around 67 pitches, a lot of them fastballs and changeups, and said he felt good. Willis went around 82 pitches and showed some pretty good command, especially hitting the inside corner, which he said is something he didn’t do a whole lot in past years. No word yet on the Tigers’ next move for either of them, but if they’re going to get into game action, it appears it won’t be until at least the middle of the next week, since the rotation is pretty much set through next Monday.
Carlos Guillen, meanwhile, is running, throwing and swinging a bat without contact, but hasn’t yet taken batting practice. That could happen today. Still, it doesn’t appear he’ll play in the next day or two.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Sheffield, DH
- Thames, LF
- Renteria, SS
- Hessman, 3B
- Inge, C
- Rajai Davis, CF
- Daric Barton, 1B
- Ryan Sweeney, RF
- Jack Cust, DH
- Kurt Suzuki, C
- Jack Hannahan, 3B
- Aaron Cunningham, LF
- Eric Patterson, 2B
- Cliff Pennington, SS
The final verdict on the simulated game from the Tigers staff was generally positive. Willis started out tentative, Jim Leyland said, but looked more confident as the outing went on. His delivery, Leyland said, was “much more controlled.” His velocity supposedly topped out around 94 mph while hitting regularly at 91.
“I was impressed,” Leyland said. “He threw two or three of the better sliders I saw from him this year.”
Willis threw 72 pitches in his 4-5 innings, according to Leyland, while Garcia threw 52-55. His fastball was in the mid-80s, about the same to slightly down from his velocity at Toledo last week.
“Freddy was exactly what I expected,” Leyland said, “and ahead of schedule.”
The plan for now calls for Garcia to make another simulated outing, probably next Monday when the Tigers return home, before Leyland and club officials decide what to do from there. The fact that he’s still pitching here, rather than heading to instructional ball, is a positive sign about his chances of pitching in a game this year, though Leyland said they wanted to get him back in a clubhouse and let him get a feel for what the Tigers are about before he hits free agency at season’s end.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Sheffield, DH
- Thames, RF
- Renteria, SS
- Inge, C
- Raburn, 3B
- Chone Figgins, 3B
- Garret Anderson, DH
- Mark Teixeira, 1B
- Vladimir Guerrero, RF
- Torii Hunter, CF
- Juan Rivera, LF
- Mike Napoli, C
- Brandon Wood, SS
- Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Freddy Garcia and Dontrelle Willis just finished up their simulated game minutes ago. Both threw about 3-4 innings, it seemed. Willis looked like he had the same type leg movement, maybe not so outstretched when he delivers, and maybe not as much twists. He seemed to change speeds a lot. Garcia was throwing just about everything but the kitchen sink, had guys out in front. We’ll see how players react when the clubhouse opens in a few minutes.