Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles optioned Freddy Garcia
to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, one day after the veteran pitcher was hit hard
in his most recent start, while recalling top prospect Kevin Gausman from the
Garcia was rocked for seven runs and seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings of the
Orioles' 13-5 loss at Toronto on Sunday, which raised his season earned run
average to 5.77 over 11 appearances (10 starts). The right-hander has gone
just 1-3 with a troubling 10.19 ERA over four starts and one relief outing in
June, while allowing nine home runs in 17 2/3 innings over that span.
As a vested player, the 36-year-old Garcia has the right to decline the option
and become a free agent if he chooses.
Gausman, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, made five starts for
Baltimore earlier this season before being sent back to Norfolk on June 14.
The 22-year-old did struggle in his first taste of the majors, going 0-3 with
a 7.66 ERA and serving up seven homers in 24 2/3 innings.
The highly regarded right-hander is a candidate to start Friday's home game
against the New York Yankees, in which Garcia had been originally scheduled to
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