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Garcia on his outing: “I tried to throw strikes, make my pitch, tried to get a good situation, see how my pitching responds. Good changeup, good breaking pitch. I was pretty happy about all that.”
On facing Triple-A hitters: “They wanted me to come here to face more experience. So I proved to them I can pitch right now.”
On whether he feels he can pitch in the big leagues right now: “If they give me a chance, yeah. I have to pitch every five days. We finish here Monday, so I probably won’t pitch any more [for the Mud Hens]. I don’t know what they want to do. Maybe go to Florida and pitch to hitters [in instructional league], I don’t know.”
When Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish was asked if he felt Garcia could pitch in the big leagues now, he said, “To me, you just look not so much as the success, but the swings against him. There weren’t many good swings tonight against him.”
I don’t usually give predictions on this blog, but I would be very surprised if he wasn’t brought up to Detroit next week. The Tigers aren’t in a pennant race, they need pitching, and he’s someone worth looking at for next year. It’s very difficult to judge his viability for next year on one Triple-A start. It goes back to what Tigers officials said when they signed him: It’s worth a shot. Even with Chris Lambert making another start, the Tigers could use Garcia as a sixth starter for one turn, then move Lambert into the bullpen after that.
The plan for Garcia was to have him throw three innings or 50 pitches. He needed just 32 pitches (25 strikes) to get through three scoreless innings tonight, scattering two hits and facing 10 batters. Matt Rusch is warming up, so Garcia is done for the night. No walks, four strikeouts.
Garcia topped out around 88 mph on the stadium radar gun and was consistently around 86 with his fastball. He threw a steady diet of curveballs that had Columbus’ hitters chasing.
Just figured I’d post that in case you missed it. Dave Dombrowski confirmed the promotion Sunday. Realistically, they had to do it sometime this week, since Toledo’s season ends in eight days. By pitching him Wednesday, they could conceivably give him another start in the Hens’ season finale the following Monday.
For anyone thinking Freddy Garcia can be a key addition for a late-season charge for the Tigers — or any other team, for that matter — the recent lack of news as well as comments from his former manager and current close friend, Ozzie Guillen, are dampening that idea. Guillen supposedly visited with Garcia in Florida over the All-Star break. Asked if he thinks Garcia can be ready for an August or September return after undergoing labrum surgery last year, he said (from Scott Merkin’s article on MLB.com):
“I doubt it. I hope he is. He’s my friend,” Guillen said. “But when I
see him and where he’s at right now, I don’t see that happening. I
don’t think by August, maybe September. Freddy hasn’t even thrown off
the mound yet.
“He’s throwing flat and he’s throwing good and he said his velocity is
coming around. Everything is fine, but people think because you play
catch, you are pitching. That’s not the same. You don’t have people on
the mound or hitting. I hope he do it, but it’s going to be a little
bit difficult for him to do it.”
Guillen added how he hopes Garcia doesn’t rush himself back.
Garcia’s agent, Peter Greenberg, said a few weeks ago that they planned on having him throw for interested teams (including the Tigers) somewhere around July 21-24. That would be next week, but no firm date has leaked out yet.
Bottom line, between the uncertain timetable on Garcia and a trade market that doesn’t favor the Tigers whatsoever, I think Detroit needs some effective starts from Zach Miner and the guys they have now if they’re going to make a race out of this.