Orioles sign Freddy Garcia to minor league deal

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The Orioles are hoping to get a little of that 2011 magic back with Freddy Garcia, as they have signed him to a Minor League deal according to Scott Miller.

Garcia posted an 8.71 ERA in 20.2 innings spanning six starts for the Padres in spring training before they cut him four days ago. He finished with a 5.20 ERA in 107.1 innings with the Yankees last year. He showed considerable improvement in a small sample after moving to the bullpen. His ERA was 5.93 as a starter, but 2.42 as a reliever.

The O’s rotation is projected to include Opening Day starter Jason Hammel, as well as Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Jake Arrieta, and Chris Tillman. Ostensibly, Garcia would be used as Triple-A rotation filler and back-up in the event of an injury. Dan Connolly puts it in this perspective:

Gio Gonzalez has a high ankle sprain, will be replaced on the NLCS roster

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It was understandable if you forgot about it given that it happened hours and hours before the end of the game, but Gio Gonzalez left in the second inning of Game 4 of the NLCS after coming down funny on his ankle while fielding a ball in play.

While Gonzalez attempted to stay in the game after that it was clear that he was not right, so the Brewers went to the bullpen. After the game, it was clear why he wasn’t right: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Gonzalez had a high ankle sprain and that it was likely he would be replaced on the roster with another pitcher.

This may actually benefit Milwaukee in the very short term given that Milwaukee used six relievers last night, so there will be a fresh arm on staff for Game 5 tonight. It does mean, however, that Gonzalez’ season is over, as a player replaced due to injury in one playoff series is required to sit out the next one. If the Brewers make it to the World Series, Gonzalez will not be available no matter how he is health, wise.

Counsell did not say which pitcher will replace Gonzalez on the roster. We’ll find out for sure later today. Among the possibilities are Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jordan Lyles and Matt Albers.