White Sox exercise 2010 options on Garcia, Thornton

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As expected, this afternoon the White Sox exercised their 2010 options on Freddy Garcia and Matt Thornton.
Thornton is a no-brainer at $2.25 million, because he’s been one of the premier setup men in the league since arriving via trade with the Mariners in the spring of 2006. Thornton was a huge disappointment in Seattle and the Mariners basically gave him away for fellow bust Joe Borchard, but he’s gone 20-13 with a 3.31 ERA and 268 strikeouts in 250 innings during four years in Chicago’s bullpen.
Injuries have limited Garcia to just 129 innings over the past three seasons, but he showed enough by going 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA down the stretch that the White Sox like him as a $1 million fifth starter. Garcia is 34 years old and rarely cracks 90 miles per hour at this point, so his days of being an impact pitcher are over, but if healthy he should be a solid No. 5 guy behind what could be the league’s strongest front four in Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd.

Video: Jaime Garcia hits a 399-foot grand slam

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Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.

The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.

Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.

As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:

Ryon Healy exits game after taking a ground ball to the face

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Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.

Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.

Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.