End of the Garcia Era

ed feverCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia #34 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the dugout after he was taken out of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on September 29, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox won 8-2.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I had such high hopes for Freddy Garcia. He won a championship and was such a workhorse throughout his career, until his injuries in 2006.

Even if he couldn't get back to where he was with the White Sox, I figured he would be better then most of our fifth starters we've had over the last few years.

Freddy came to camp proclaiming that he was fully recovered and even said that if he was healthy, he wouldn't accept designation to the minors. Well, Garcia never proved his health in spring training. He never re-gained his velocity and was beat up throughout camp.

Even after spring training, I thought maybe if he rehabbed he would be a nice addition to the team at mid-season.

But after spending time in extended spring training, when Garcia pitched against AAA hitters he struggled. It must have been clear that he had nothing left, after last night's game Freddy contemplated retirement, the Mets saved him the decision by releasing him, to make room for Figgy.

We told you that Freddy Garcia was contemplating retirement. Well, the Mets have expedited his exit by releasing him. The Mets added Nelson Figueroa and Wily Mo Pena to Triple-A Buffalo's roster, with Figueroa due to start Tuesday night. source Daily News