The Dodgers have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
We haven’t heard much from “Sweaty Freddy” recently. The 38-year-old pitched in Taiwan with the EDA Rhinos last season after he failed to make the Braves out of spring training. He had a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings between the Orioles and Braves in 2013 and also spent some time in Triple-A.
Joe Wieland is expected to begin the season in the Dodgers’ rotation while Hyun-Jin Ryu rests a shoulder injury, so Garcia figures to serve as veteran depth in Triple-A.
Last week Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left camp and went back to Los Angeles to have his sore shoulder examined and the news is relatively good. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that no structural damage was found.
However, he’ll be shut down for at least 2-3 weeks and will begin the season on the disabled list. Joe Wieland seems like the best bet to take his place in the rotation early on.
Ryu has been very good since signing with the Dodgers in 2013, throwing 344 innings with a 3.17 ERA and 293/78 K/BB ratio.
Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu has been sent back to Los Angeles to undergo a medical evaluation, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Also per Shaikin, manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu felt soreness in his left shoulder after playing catch on Sunday, and the lefty isn’t expected to be ready on Opening Day.
Ryu had a late start to the spring due to a minor back issue, so he has made only two starts thus far. He held the Padres scoreless over two innings on March 12, then allowed three runs (two earned) in three innings against the Rangers last Tuesday.
It’s unclear whether the Dodgers will put Ryu on the 15-day disabled list, though his medical evaluation should give them a better idea of what to do. The Dodgers could simply push his first scheduled start back, as the club has three off days in the first three weeks of the season. If Ryu needs a stint on the DL, Joe Wieland is currently the favorite to take his place, though Juan Nicasio and Erik Bedard are also contenders.
MLB.com’s Barry M. Bloom reports that Padres catcher Tim Federowicz will miss the next three to six months with a complete tear of the meniscus in his right knee. The initial diagnosis had been a small tear in his lateral meniscus, which would have required arthroscopic surgery.
The Padres had acquired the 27-year-old Federowicz along with outfielder Matt Kemp in the December trade that sent Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and pitching prospect Zach Eflin to the Dodgers.
With Federowicz out of the picture, veteran Wil Nieves will back up Derek Norris behind the plate. Nieves, 37, hit .254/.270/.344 with one home run and seven RBI in 128 plate appearances as Carlos Ruiz’s back-up in Philadelphia last season.
In addition to trading Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz to the Padres last week in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin, the Dodgers agreed to pay $32 million of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract. Ronald Blum of the Associated Press has a breakdown of the payments involved:
2015 – $18 million
2016 – $3.5 million
2017 – $3.5 million
2018 – $3.5 million
2019 – $3.5 million
This means the Padres will only have to pay Kemp $3 million next season, which makes Justin Upton’s $14.5 million salary a bit easier to follow. In fact, with the $18 million coming over from the Dodgers in 2015, you could almost say that they are paying for Upton, too. However, the Padres will pay Kemp $18 million per season from 2016-2019.