Right-handed reliever Yimi Garcia suffered an injury ridden 2016 season. It now seems he won’t have a chance to rebound in 2017.
Garcia had Tommy John surgery in late October, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. He also had knee surgery in September and was previously shut down due with injured biceps.
Injuries have derailed what was a start to a promising career for Garcia. In 2015, he pitched to a 3.34 ERA in 56.2 innings. While he at times had trouble keeping the ball in the park, he averaged 10.8 strikeouts per nine to just 1.6 walks, an impressive ratio for a 24-year-old (or anybody), and threw a fastball north of 93 miles per hour. His sophomore year was disappointing, as he took the mound in only nine games for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers are looking to add to their bullpen, and a healthy Garcia could’ve competed for a setup role. L.A. will have to decide whether or not it wants to tender Garcia a contract after next season. If his rehab goes well, it makes sense for the Dodgers to gamble on his potential in 2018 spring training.