Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia was forced to be removed from his appearance on April 23 against the Colorado Rockies due to soreness in his right bicep. He was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list, with Zach Lee recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to serve as a long reliever.
While almost a week has passed since the injury, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Garcia has not yet begun throwing. “Yimi is doing just OK,” Roberts said on Wednesday. “There’s not a whole lot of improvement, which he’s disappointed with. After not picking up a baseball for three or four days, you expect [the discomfort] to kind of subside. I don’t know when he’s going to be able to pick up a baseball.”
Roberts added Garcia isn’t close to resuming throwing. “I just know he’s nowhere near, as far as days, to picking up a baseball,” the first-year manager said. “He doesn’t feel great with it and is days away from picking up a baseball, so that’s my concern.”
The numbing feeling is no longer throughout Garcia’s right, arm but centralized in his right bicep. He hasn’t undergone an MRI, but Roberts said that would be the next step if there isn’t improvement.
Garcia made nine appearances this season before the injury, giving up nine hits and three runs while striking out four and walking one in 8.1 innings of work.
Lee was optioned back to Triple-A when Carl Crawford returned from the disabled list, putting the Dodgers back at 12 pitchers on the active roster.