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Orioles recall Kevin Gausman, designate Freddy Garcia for assignment

Jun 24, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

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Freddy Garcia pitched well in his first month with the Orioles, starting six games with a 3.57 ERA, but the soft-tossing 36-year-old coughed up 20 runs in 17.2 innings this month and today Baltimore designated him for assignment. Garcia told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he has no plans to retire and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him latch on somewhere as a stop gap rotation fill-in.

To replace him on the roster the Orioles recalled Kevin Gausman, who was demoted to the minors after beginning his big-league career with an 0-3 record and 7.66 ERA in five starts. Gausman was the No. 4 overall pick in last year’s draft out of LSU and has a 3.96 ERA and 53/6 K/BB ratio in 52 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

While being knocked around in his first taste of the majors Gausman averaged 95.4 miles per hour with his fastball, which would rank third-fastest among all qualified starting pitchers behind only Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg.

  1. jb8588 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Definitely don’t like how the O’s are handling Gausman one bit. Their track record when it comes to the handling of their young high-end pitching prospects shows they STILL have no idea what they’re doing. Gausman has terrific stuff, but he needs to be back in Double-A so he can continue his development.

    • yahmule - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Agreed. It seems like few teams have had more blue chip pitching prospects fail in recent years than the O’s.

  2. tuberippin - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Wow….Freddy Garcia is only 36?

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Freddy Garcia is like the Michael Meyers of baseball. You think he’s too slow, but every time you turn around, he’s right there in your face and no matter how hard you try, you cannot kill him.

  4. yahmule - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I remember seeing Sweaty Freddy pitch for the Mariners in a pre season game in Las Vegas before his rookie season in 1999.

  5. ch0psuey - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I had completely forgotten that Freddy was on the Padres opening day roster.

  6. stabonerichard - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Didn’t Freddy boink Ozzie Guillen’s sister or something?

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