UPDATE… Garcia made his MLB debut on May 6th against St. Louis and allowed two hits and one walk that resulted in one earned run in an inning pitched.
The Phillies are recalling right-hander Edgar Garcia from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to add to their bullpen. Garcia’s addition spelled bad news for Enyel De Los Santos, who was optioned back to Lehigh Valley where he will rejoin the team’s starting rotation. De Los Santos was recalled on April 24th and pitched in two games for the Phillies, posting a 6.00 ERA in three innings of work, serving as a middle reliever out of the bullpen. The move came for two reasons; one, Garcia will serve as a fresh arm since De Los Santos threw two innings on Sunday and would likely require a day off. Secondly – and more importantly – the Phillies never planned on De Los Santos being a long-term reliever for them and want him to get more innings at Triple-A.
Garcia is just 22 and signed with the Phillies as an amateur free agent in May of 2014, for just $30,000. A product of the Dominican Republic, Garcia pitched in five games with Lehigh Valley last season and in 13 this season, posting a 1-1 record with a 1.65 ERA. One reason why the Phillies may gave gone with recalling Garcia is that they had special assignment scout Terry Ryan watching Lehigh Valley on their most recent homestand and he witnessed Garcia pitch in four games over that span and saw him throw 3 2/3 shutout innings, allowing no hits and just one walk, while striking out seven. Garcia also converted a save in his final outing of the homestand.
The Phillies had added Garcia to the 40-man roster last November to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, so they did not need to clear a spot for him.
De Los Santos, 23, will likely make his return official and start a game late this week for Lehigh Valley.