Jose Garcia, trying to grab the 5th spot in the rotation with the injury to Josh Johnson, has become injured himself. His right elbow, his throwing arm, has swollen and he is slated for some light throwing on Monday.
He isn’t sure he will make it through that.
MRI tests have revealed no structural damage, just some inflammation. That isn’t expected to keep Garcia out too long, but it may already be too late. Yusmeiro Petit may have already taken the spot.
Petit has 8 Ks and 0 BBs through 7.2 innings pitched. He has given up 12 hits and 6 ERs, but his ability to locate his pitches and do it consistently may be what seperates him from the rest of the Marlin candidates.
That and just being healthy.
Garcia is looking to lose some time, while Mitre is just getting back – Sergio Mitre had a pretty solid performance today against the Mets in Port Saint Lucie, striking out 2 in 2.1 innings while walking 1 and allowing 1 hit.