Due to the injury that Yimi Garcia sustained on Friday night in Colorado, the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed the right-handed reliever on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Zach Lee from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Garcia’s spot. Garcia hurt his right biceps on Friday night, and the timetable for his inevitable return is not yet known.
The injury to Garcia is one that could take quite a while to heal, and it’s one that could leave the Dodgers without a very capable reliever in their bullpen. However, calling up Lee could help mitigate some of that damage. Lee could also help the team as a spot-starter if needed, but his main role will probably be that of a long reliever of sorts.
From J.P. Hoornstra, beat writer for the Southern California News Group:
Yimi Garcia said his right arm feels asleep from the top of the bicep all the way down to his wrist. Trying massage therapy. Down two days.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 23, 2016
That’s what Garcia said his arm feels like, and nothing about that sounds good whatsoever. Still, the good news is that it appears that Garcia avoided something very serious such as Tommy John surgery or anything elbow related. Hopefully the rest and time off will lead to the arm getting better and Garcia getting back out on the field sometime soon.
As for Lee, he was 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in 17.1 innings at Triple-A this season prior to getting the call-up. The hope with him is that he can help the bullpen out in whatever way they see fit. With Louis Coleman coming off of the bereavement list soon, it appears that Lee won’t be spending much time with the Dodgers at the big level. This is only for a few days.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia on the 15-day disabled list (right biceps soreness) and recalled right-hander Zach Lee (#51) from Triple-A Oklahoma City.Lee has gone 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA (3 ER/17.1 IP) in three starts with OKC this year, last pitching Monday against Nashville (W, 5.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 95 pitches). The 24-year-old has made just one previous big league appearance, a start in his MLB debut July 25, 2015 at New York-NL, when he allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings and took the loss in the Dodgers’ 15-2 defeat. Lee has posted a 48-41 record with a 3.81 ERA in 129 career games (125 starts) in six minor league seasons after being selected in the first round (28th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of McKinney (TX) High School.Garcia, who was removed from last night’s game due to injury after 0.2 innings, has posted a 3.24 ERA in nine relief appearances this year.The Dodgers have 11 players on the disabled list.