Doesn’t look good for Christian Garcia
My guy Kevin Maloney is at Waterfront Park today and reports that although Thunder manager Tony Franklin did not come right out and say it, every indication is that oft-injured right-hander Christian Garcia is done for the season.
The MRI results of Garcia’s right elbow are in and Franklin told reporters there would be an announcement made after tonight’s game against Erie.
“I don’t want to be premature with anything I say to you about his injury,” Franklin said, per-Maloney. “These MRIs and X-rays are misdiagnosed and misread. We don’t want to do that now. We want to be firm and hopefully by this evening by game’s end we’ll have something concrete for you.”
I just can not imagine an announcement would be needed if the scans showed only scar tissue or minor damage.
Garcia is not at the ballpark and is said to be on his way to another evaluation.
Projected to be the Double-A Trenton ace in 2010, Garcia was removed from Thursday’s opener with two outs in the sixth inning when his elbow, which has been repaired twice by Dr. James Andrews – including a “Tommy John” ligament replacement procedure in 2007 – began barking again. He had allowed only two hits, one walk and no runs.
Garcia, 24, has worked only 93 innings since 2006 due to various injuries.
Look for Kevin’s compete coverage of the day’s events in tomorrow’s editions of The Times of Trenton.