2017 was a lost year for Yimi Garcia, who was rehabbing all year after Tommy John surgery.
The wait has actually been much longer than that for Garcia, who last pitched a major league game on Apr. 22, 2016. Last season he missed time with a right biceps injury then required arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in September. His Tommy John surgery came in December 2016, which knocked him out all for all of 2017.
Garcia should be ready for spring training in 2018, but for now we only have the occasional sound byte regarding his status:
“We expect Yimi Garcia to be in the mix for us next year,” general manager Farhan Zaidi said in November.
Yimi Garcia “is coming back with a vengeance” in 2018, one Dodgers official said.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) December 1, 2017
Andrew Friedman confirms that Yimi Garcia is expected to return “with a vengeance.”— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) December 11, 2017
In parts of three seasons with the Dodgers (2014-16), Garcia had a 3.12 ERA and 3.31 FIP in 76 games, with 81 strikeouts and 12 walks in 75 innings.
Game of the year
Garcia signed a one-year, $630,000 contract for 2018, avoiding salary arbitration. He has three years, four days of major league service time and has one option year remaining, having used options in 2014 and 2015.