The Los Angeles Dodgers have two players with the last name Garcia on their roster and both Yimi and Onelki are dealing with injuries. Reliever Onelki Garcia had a brief stint with the team in September last season while Yimi Garcia was added to the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft.
Both Garcia’s spent time at Double A Chattanooga, but Onelki made his way to Triple A and eventually a September call-up with the Dodgers. According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Yimi is just dealing with a knee injury while Onelki has two injuries to recover from:
Right-handed prospect Yimi Garcia has been sidelined with a sore right knee and the club is awaiting test results. Meanwhile, left-hander Onelki Garcia is throwing on flat ground as he continues to recover from two surgeries — a left elbow procedure to remove a spur in November and arthroscopic surgery to repair torn left knee cartilage last month.
Yimi Garcia spent time at the Arizona Fall League and impressed many with his stuff. At Double A, the 23-year-old was the teams primary closer, notching 19 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 49 games. With a crowded bullpen this season, Garcia doesn’t figure to break camp with the Dodgers, but rather return to Double A.
When pitchers and catchers reported a week or so ago, it was reported that Onelki Garcia was behind schedule after undergoing elbow surgery. Coupled together now with his minor knee surgery, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be on a mound anytime soon. The 24-year-old from Cuba had a 2.90 ERA between his time at Double A and Triple A and pitched in three games in the big leagues.
With ample bullpen depth, both Garcia’s weren’t likely to make it on the roster out of Spring Training and hopefully will get back on the field soon.
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