Freddy Garcia scratched from Sunday start vs. Royals

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From the Associated Press comes word that the White Sox have scratched Freddy Garcia from his scheduled Sunday start against the Royals.

Garcia is dealing with lingering soreness in his lower back and the White Sox have options, so they’re going to use them.

Lucas Harrell, who threw four scoreless innings in relief duty Tuesday, will take the mound against Kansas City.  The 25-year-old has allowed just one earned run in 10.2 big-league innings this season.

The White Sox can’t be sure when Garica might pitch next.  It doesn’t sound like an overly serious issue, but the club is currently five games back of the Twins in the American League Central standings and could be dead in the water by the time the right-hander is ready to contribute again.

Rangers sign Chris Martin to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed free agent righty Chris Martin to two-year, $4 million deal.

Martin pitched for the Nippon Ham Fighters for the past two seasons, posting 1.12 ERA in 88 relief innings with excellent strikeout and walk rates. Martin pitched 40 games in the bigs, appearing with the Rockies in 2014 and the Yankees in 2015 with some pretty underwhelming results.

He’s tall — 6’8″ — and tall guys sometimes take a long time to put it all together. Maybe he finally put it all together. The Rangers obviously think he has.