D’Backs @ Dodgers September 11, 2013: Onelki!

September 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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The big — sort of — and unexpected news of the day: the Dodgers have summoned Cuban lefty Onelki Garcia to the team, pushing Shawn Tolleson to the 60-day disabled list to make room. Garcia, who turned 24 last month, was a third-round pick by the Dodgers in 2012, though he pitched just two minor league innings last season.

Last summer, J.P. Hoornstra looked at the six-month journey of Garcia and others to escape Cuba and reach America in 2010, which was then followed a move from Miami to California before the Dodgers even drafted him. He hasn’t pitched in a game since September 2, though he was throwing bullpens and live batting practice in Arizona over the last few days, including to Matt Kemp. (No word on how many of the four dingers Kemp hit the other day came off of Garcia.)

D’Backs
Dodgers
CF
Pollock
RF
Puig
LF
Bloomquist
2B
Punto
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
3B
Prado
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Hill
3B
Young
RF
Parra
LF
Van Slyke
SS
Owings
C
A.Ellis
C
Gosewisch
CF
Schumaker
P
Corbin
P
Ryu

In 62 innings between Double-A & Triple-A this year, Garcia struck out 67, though he did walk over five per nine. Garcia has held minor league lefties to a paltry .143/.272/.143 line in his short career, and I imagine we’ll mostly see him as a LOOGY, as well as to give some relief to Paco Rodriguez, who — along with Ronald Belisario & Kenley Jansen — ranks among the top ten in baseball in games pitched.

The question then is, will we see him in the postseason? He is eligible because he was on the 40-man roster before September 1, so that will be a fun wrinkle as we get closer to the end of the season, though the company line right now is that he’s not being considered.

Anyway, after all that talk about a new lefty, we should probably be focusing more on the last foreign lefty import, Hyun-jin Ryu, who pitches for the first time in September after missing a start due to a sore back. By all indications, Ryu is healthy, so I’m not too concerned about that, but even if this particular game means little — note that Nick Punto, Michael Young, Scott Van Slyke, & Skip Schumaker are all starting — it does have some meaning for Ryu. The more Ricky Nolasco continues to dominate, the more Ryu has to wonder who is lined up behind Clayton Kershaw & Zack Greinke headed into the playoffs. In a five-game NLDS, it’s unlikely the Dodgers use more than three starters.

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