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Braves acquire Freddy Garcia from Orioles

Freddy Garcia

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Freddy Garcia reacts as he returns to the dugout after giving up three runs to the Toronto Blue Jays during second-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Sunday June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


In need some of some rotation depth with Tim Hudson out for the season and Brandon Beachy possibly joining him on the disabled list, the Braves have acquired veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia from the Orioles for cash considerations.

Garcia got knocked around for a 5.77 ERA in 53 innings for the Orioles before accepting a demotion to Triple-A in June. He’s pitched well for Norfolk with a 2.84 ERA and 61/15 K/BB ratio in 13 starts, but at this point Garcia is purely a fallback plan. He throws in the mid-80s and serves up way too many homers, but he’s 36 years old with 15 seasons of experience and a fallback plan is what the Braves needed.

For now he’ll stay at Triple-A, moving from Norfolk to Gwinnett.

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