With the off-season in full swing, the Dodgers had a pitching prospect undergo some minor surgery, but should be ready for the 2014 season. The news coincides with Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Chad Billingsley recovering from their surgeries and they’ll both be ready to go once Spring Training starts in February.
According to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA, Ned Colletti gave the news about the Dodger prospect’s operation:
Dodgers LHP Onelki Garcia had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Friday. Will begin throwing in 5-6 weeks
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) November 12, 2013
The 24-year-old should be ready for Spring Training and will be competing for a spot with the Dodgers as a left-hander out of the bullpen. Garcia was sent to the Arizona Fall League following the Dodgers’ elimination from the playoffs. While he was originally slated to be in the AFL, he was held back in case the Dodgers needed him to become an injury replacement in the postseason. He rejoined the AFL, but appeared in just one game and threw a scoreless inning for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Garcia spent the 2013 season split between Double-A and Triple-A before being called up to the majors in September as late-season relief for the Dodgers bullpen. Overall in the minors, Garcia threw 62 innings and had a 2.90 ERA in 35 games. He started six games with Double-A Chattanooga, but was used primarily as a reliever. With the Dodgers, Garcia made his debut on September 11 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and appeared in three games total allowing two runs in 1.1 innings with one strikeout.
The left-hander defected from Cuba in 2010 and became eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft where the Dodgers selected him in the third round. He appeared in just one game in 2012 with the Class-A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
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