The Dodgers have called up relief pitcher Onelki Garcia from their Triple A affiliate in an effort to cut down on the relief appearances of other lefties Paco Rodriguez and J.P. Howell. To make room for Garcia on the active roster, the Dodgers moved reliever Shawn Tolleson to the 60 day disabled list.
Garcia is a 24-year-old left hander from Cuba and was drafted in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft. At 6’3”and 220 lbs, Garcia has great size for a pitcher and his fastball has been clocked in the mid-90’s.
While he’s unlikely to make the playoff roster, Garcia is eligible and he will have several opportunities to prove his worth. With the division out of reach and the high usage rates of Paco and Howell, he should see plenty of action. Don Mattingly loves to go to his bullpen frequently and Garcia impressed in the minors as lefties hit only .149 in Double and Triple A.
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