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Phillies call up pitching prospect Edgar Garcia and his vaunted slider

Phillies call up pitching prospect Edgar Garcia and his vaunted slider

ST. LOUIS — Ask around the Phillies minor-league system and folks will tell you that Edgar Garcia might have the best slider in the organization.

Now, the 22-year-old reliever will get a chance to show off the pitch in the Show-Me State.

The Phillies called up Garcia before Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing Enyel De Los Santos, who was sent back to Triple A.

“He has a good slider,” manager Gabe Kapler said of Garcia. “It’s been good in Triple A. It has steadily improved as has his fastball command and we think the timing is right to give him a look in some leverage situations if possible. We have a fairly heavy right-handed hitting lineup for the Cardinals and I think it will be valuable to have him for this series.”

So, there will be no easing in of Garcia.

“We might not have that ability to do that,” Kapler said. “We have some games coming up that we’re going to try to win and if he gives us our best chance to go through a couple hitters, we’ll use him.”

The Phillies will spend the entire week in Missouri. After three in St. Louis, they will play three in Kansas City against the Royals.

Garcia initially worked out as a shortstop for Phillies scouts in the Dominican Republic. He did not show much with the bat, but Phillies scouts liked his arm and signed him as a pitcher for $30,000 in 2014. Garcia showed enough promise to earn a spot on the 40-man roster last fall and opened this season with a strong showing at Lehigh Valley. In 16 2/3 innings, he allowed just six hits and three runs while walking six and striking out 23.

Garcia admitted that his slider is his go-to pitch.

“I have a lot of confidence, a lot of faith, in my slider. I can throw it in any count," he said.

“I was successful because of my slider. It is one of my best tools. I wouldn’t be here without my slider.”

Garcia was on the way back to Lehigh Valley from Buffalo late Sunday afternoon when he got the call every player dreams of.

“I was on the second bus,” he said. “(Manager) Gary Jones was on the first bus. He gave me a call and asked if I was on Bus 1. I said no. So he said, ‘OK, I guess I’ll tell you on the phone. You’ve been called up to the big leagues.’“

Garcia called his mother back home in the Dominican Republic.

“She started crying,” he said.

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The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillies may not have played a game yesterday due to the weather down in Washington but that didn't stop the Phanatic from getting his game on.

The big green fella was a guest on MLB Network to play "Central Scribbles" which is basically Pictionary.

He teamed up with Ken Rosenthal and Lauren Shehadi to try and come up with players associated with the National League East. Some names were much more challenging than others. Spoiler: Nobody was able to get Adam Eaton.

You can watch and enjoy the Phanatic's artistic skills in the below video.

Phillies and Nationals postponed for second straight night

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Phillies and Nationals postponed for second straight night

Here we go again.

After a rain delay of about two hours, the Phillies and Nationals have been rained out for a second straight night. Tonight’s game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sept. 24.

After nearly three hours of waiting on Monday, the series opener was postponed and scheduled to be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Wednesday (1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.), but Tuesday’s postponement will cause even more issues for both teams.

Different from Monday, there was steady rain falling throughout the night and, perhaps, with a day game on Wednesday, it got too late to give this one a go. The Phillies have announced that Zach Eflin will start game one and Jake Arrieta will start game two. It appears Patrick Corbin will try again for Washington, however the Nationals may be searching for a second starter after a freak accident during batting practice resulted in a broken nose for their ace, Max Scherzer, whose status is TBD. (see video)

While a doubleheader is difficult from a pitching standpoint, the Phillies will welcome two extra days for J.T. Realmuto and Jay Bruce to mend. Not in the posted lineup for either of the games that were postponed due to rain, Gabe Kapler did indicate that Realmuto would start one game on Wednesday and Bruce was available to pinch hit on Tuesday if needed.

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