Dodgers call up young lefty Garcia for bullpen

September, 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers selected the contract of one of their top pitching prospects, left-hander Onelki Garcia, on Wednesday, perhaps looking to see if he can give them another post-season option for their bullpen.

But, for now, Garcia's role will be to give the Dodgers another lefty who can ease the workload on Paco Rodriguez and J.P. Howell, manager Don Mattingly said.

"Hopefully, he takes a little pressure off those guys' usage and it gives him a little experience," Mattingly said. "He was coming at the end. Our guys, our scouts, were talking about him."

Garcia, 24, is a hard thrower who went 2-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 35 games combined with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque this season. A native of Guantanamo, Cuba, the Dodgers took him in the third round of the 2012 draft and signed him for $382,000.

Opposing hitters batted .209 off Garcia and lefties hit .149 with 30 strikeouts.
The Dodgers put Shawn Tolleson on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Garcia.

Here are lineups for Wednesday night, with the Dodgers looking to trim their magic number to clinch the NL West to just four:

1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. Willie Bloomquist LF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Martin Prado 3B
5. Aaron Hill 2B
6. Gerardo Parra RF
7. Chris Owings SS
8. Tuffy Gosewish C
9. Patrick Corbin LHP

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Nick Punto 2B
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Michael Young 3B
6. Scott Van Slyke LF
7. A.J. Ellis C
8. Skip Schumaker CF
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu LHP

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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16 1.73 194 161
BAY. Puig .301
HRA. Gonzalez 18
RBIA. Gonzalez 90
RD. Gordon 73
OPSY. Puig .882
ERAC. Kershaw 1.73
SOC. Kershaw 194