The San Francisco Giants have placed left-handed pitcher Jarlin Garcia on the 10-day Injured List. The move was first noted by Twitter user @giantsprospects, and a glance at the team’s official transaction page shows that the move was made on Wednesday.
Transaction:— GPT (@giantsprospects) July 9, 2020
Giants placed LHP Jarlin Garcia on the 10-day IL.
At Wednesday’s workout, beat reporters had noted that Garcia — as well as outfielder Billy Hamilton — had both been absent from Summer Camp. When asked about the two players, manager Gabe Kapler declined to offer up any information.
Billy Hamilton and Jarlin Garcia have not been at workouts. Kapler: "I don't have anything to report on Billy and Jarlin. That's where I'm going to leave that question."— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 9, 2020
Garcia, a 27-year old, was signed during the offseason when the Miami Marlins inexplicably waived him after a strong 2019 campaign. In 50.2 innings he gave up 40 hits, 16 walks, and struck out 39, while compiling a 3.02 ERA, a 3.77 FIP, and 1.2 rWAR.
He was brilliant in Spring Training, although the usual small sample size and lesser competition qualifiers apply. Still, in 5 innings of spring work he gave up just 3 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 8 and allowing no runs.
Between his performance and the fact that he’s on the 40-man roster, it seemed very likely that Garcia would have started the season on the team’s 30-man active roster had he been healthy. But with this injury setback it seems unlikely, since he’ll only have a few days between the IL stint ending and the start of the season.
That said, it’s not entirely clear why the Giants placed him on an IL that will expire prior to Opening Day.
Hopefully the injury — whatever it may be — is not too serious.