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2014 Dodgers review: Yimi Garcia

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia was added to the 40-man roster in November 2013, and made his major league debut in 2014. Here is a look back at his season.

What went right

Garcia continued his steady progression though the minor leagues with a solid year in Triple-A Albuquerque, putting up a 3.10 ERA in 47 games, with 69 strikeouts and only 18 walks in 61 innings. The right-hander also saved five games for the Isotopes.

Garcia got his first major league promotion when rosters expanded in September, and he put up a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings, with nine strikeouts and just one walk.

In the majors and minors combined in 2014, Garcia struck out 26.4 percent of his batters faced, and walked just 6.4 percent.

What went wrong

Garcia suffered a bruised kneecap that sidelined him during spring training, limiting him to rehab and games on the back fields, never appearing in a Cactus League game.

His only two runs allowed with the Dodgers came on solo home runs, and in back-to-back appearances, though 10 days apart. Brandon Barnes took him deep on Sept. 17, and Michael McKenry did the same on Sept. 27.

2014 particulars

Age: 23

Salary: $500,000; pro-rated share while in the majors.

Game of the year

In his major league debut, Garcia pitched two scoreless innings on Sept. 1 against the Nationals. He allowed one hit but faced the minimum six batters thanks to a double play, and struck out one.

Roster status

Garcia has 28 days of service time, and two option years remaining. He figures to play a role at some point in 2015 in the Dodgers bullpen, part of the right-handed depth that on Tuesday made Brian Wilson expendable. Garcia likely won't start the year in the majors, but could find himself quite familiar with Will Rodgers World Airport in Oklahoma City.