The White Sox claimed pitcher Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Dodgers likely would have preferred to keep Garcia if possible, but that would have meant making a spot for him on the 40-man roster.
Garcia, 25, underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow in November 2013, then had knee surgery this past January. Both surgeries kept him out of action for nearly the entirety of the 2014 season.
Garcia had a brief cup of coffee with the Dodgers in September 2013, logging 1 1/3 innings. He spent the bulk of his season with Double-A Chattanooga, posting a 2.75 ERA with a 53/32 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings.
Listen, I’m as shocked as you are by the headline. The Dodgers designated Javy Guerra, a perfectly good — if flawed — reliever to make room on the roster for Chone Figgins, a 36-year-old utilityman who hasn’t OPSed above .535 since 2010. The report comes from MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
The Dodgers, though, are deep in bullpen arms and shallow in back-up position players, so the move makes sense in that context. Guerra posted a 6.75 ERA in 10 2/3 innings at the big league level last year, but was much better in 2011-12, when he posted a combined 2.45 ERA in 91 2/3 innings.
In related news via Dylan Hernandeze of the L.A. Times, infielder Justin Turner has also made the Dodgers’ roster. Onelki Garcia was placed on the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster.