This season the Los Angeles Dodgers have done what only the 2012 Boston Red Sox can also lay claim to — put 27 different players on the disabled list in a single season. Despite tying the Major League record, the Dodgers sit in first place atop the National League West.
Some injuries stemmed from Spring Training, some from early in the season, and others throughout the year. For Yimi Garcia, he was among the players lost not long into the season. The right-handed reliever struggled during an April 22 appearance and it set the wheels in motion that he wouldn’t return.
Garcia was removed from the game with right biceps soreness and placed on the 15-day DL the following day. He soon after skipped a throwing session in favor of receiving treatment on his ailing arm.
The 26-year-old was unable to pick up a baseball for an extended period of time, and the Dodgers transferred him to the 60-day disabled list in order to call up Julio Urias in May.
Garcia was cleared to resume throwing in July but went on to suffer a knee injury while on a rehab assignment. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Garcia underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment:
Yimi Garcia, already out for the season with a severe right biceps injury, had arthroscopic left knee surgery to remove small bone fragment.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 8, 2016
While Garcia was already expected to miss the remainder of the season August, the knee surgery more definitively puts an end to his 2016 campaign.
Garcia ranked second on the team last season with 59 appearances and posted a 3.34 ERA over 56.2 innings pitched. In nine appearances this season, he allowed three runs on nine hits in 8.1 innings pitched.