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Luis Garcia's 2023 season was almost as quickly over as it began. The righty got off to a decent start with 31 strikeouts in 27 innings winning 2 of his first 6 decisions before he joined the long and distinguished list of elbow injuries last season. Garcia had his TJ surgery on May 19th which means we likely will not see him until the late stages of 2024, It is unfortunate as Garcia is a rather fascinating pitcher given his cutter is one of the toughest pitches in baseball on opposing hitters and hit has generated swings and misses over 40% of the time since he ramped up his usage of the pitch in 2021. Like most pitchers in this state, Garcia is an interesting end-game selection in keeper leagues for managers looking to play the fantasy long game, but should otherwise be an afterthought for reset leagues this season.

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2023 58.59.8 27.0 2 2 31 10 4.00 1.30
2022 401.514.3 157.3 15 8 157 47 3.72 1.13
3y Avg. 27413 113.3 9 6 118 36 3.57 1.16
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Throws 15 pitches

    Garcia (elbow) threw 15 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Garcia threw 15 pitches as part of his first mound work since July 4. While Saturday's session was a major step toward resuming his rehab assignment, Garcia will likely have to complete additional bullpens before being shipped out. The 27-year-old is 14 months into his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Throwing bullpen Saturday

    Garcia (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Saturday will mark Garcia's first time throwing off a mound since July 4, as the Astros opted to pull him off his rehab assignment following a rough outing in Double-A. He will likely need to throw a few additional mound sessions before resuming his rehab stint, at which point he'll require multiple starts as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Will resume mound work soon

    Astros general manager Dana Brown said in an interview Thursday on "The Sean Salisbury Show" that Garcia (elbow) will resume throwing off the mound in a couple days, Michael Schwab of The Juice Box Journal reports. Garcia was pulled off his rehab assignment after not responding well during his most recent rehab start July 4, but he was never shut down from throwing and is almost ready to get back on the bump. The right-hander is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, and once he's cleared to resume his rehab assignment, he'll likely need multiple starts in the minors before becoming an option for the Astros rotation.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Doesn't throw bullpen Saturday

    Garcia (elbow) threw from flat ground Friday instead of off a mound, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Garcia was roughed up in his rehab start with Double-A Corpus Christi on July 4, allowing four earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two over 1.1 innings. Astros manager Joe Espada noted that Garcia "did not bounce back" as well as the team had hoped after that start, so the 27-year-old right-hander has been limited to playing catch since, per Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Limited to catch

    Garcia (elbow) played catch Thursday after originally being scheduled for a bullpen session, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Garcia struggled in his rehab appearance July 4, primarily due to issues with his location. Manager Joe Espada framed the downgraded activity as a precaution, though the team has also not announced when Garcia will make his next rehab start.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Roughed up in latest rehab start

    Garcia (elbow) covered 1.1 innings while striking out two and giving up four earned runs on three hits and one walk in his latest rehab start last Thursday with Double-A Corpus Christi. After tossing a perfect inning in his first rehab outing June 28 in the rookie-level Florida Complex League, Garcia was much less sharp while jumping up three levels for his second rehab start. While he spotted 21 of his 31 pitches for strikes and hit 94 mph with his fastball in the latest outing, his command wasn't on point, as he served up two home runs among the three hits he allowed. Due to effects of Hurricane Beryl in Texas, Garcia's rehab program has been slowed down this week, though he's scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, according to MLB.com. If all goes well with the side session, Garcia could then make his third rehab start as soon as this weekend.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Moving up to Double-A

    Astros manager Joe Espada said on Tuesday in an interview with SportsTalk 790 that Garcia's (elbow) next rehab start will come Thursday at Double-A Corpus Christi, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Garcia threw one inning with the Astros' Florida Complex League affiliate this past Friday in his first rehab appearance. It's not clear what his targeted pitch count is for Thursday's outing, but Garcia will need a handful of rehab starts before becoming an option to join the Astros' rotation. He's making his way back from Tommy John surgery.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Throws one rehab inning

    Garcia (elbow) threw one scoreless inning in the Florida Complex League on Friday, MLB.com reports. Garcia returned to game action for the first time since May of 2023. He threw 12 pitches and averaged 92.7 mph with his fastball. Garcia is slated to make his next rehab outing in early July.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Starts rehab assignment

    Garcia (elbow) has been sent to the Astros' Florida Complex League affiliate to begin a rehab assignment. It will be the first game action for Garcia since he underwent Tommy John surgery last May. The 27-year-old will need most, if not all, of his 30-day rehab window to get built up, but he could prove to be a nice boost to the Astros' rotation after the All-Star break. Garcia holds a career 3.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 364:112 K:BB across 352 innings.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: On cusp of rehab assignment

    Manager Joe Espada said Tuesday that Garcia (elbow) could begin a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Florida Complex League his weekend, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. The 27-year-old threw a 32-pitch live bullpen session over the weekend and is just about ready for game action. Garcia will likely need to throw another bullpen session before being cleared for games, at which point he'll jump into a lengthy rehab assignment as he finishes up his recovery from May 2023 Tommy John surgery.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Inching toward rehab assignment

    Garcia (elbow) threw a live bullpen session Saturday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports. Manager Joe Espada said Saturday that Garcia will begin a minor-league rehab assignment if the right-hander responds well to Saturday's session. Garcia is in the latter stages of his recovery from Tommy John surgery in May of 2023. In his last full season in 2022 with the Astros, Garcia went 15-8 over 28 starts with a 3.72 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 157:47 K:BB across 157.1 innings.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Still waiting on rehab assignment

    Garcia (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com reports. Garcia has been throwing bullpen sessions since April but is purposefully being brought along slowly by the Astros. He'll require a lengthy rehab stint and will remain sidelined until at least halfway through the regular season.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Still throwing side sessions

    Garcia (elbow) completed his most recent bullpen session Friday, MLB.com reports. Garcia was cleared to resume throwing off a mound in the middle of April and has remained at the same stage of his recovery program for three weeks. The Astros haven't indicated that Garcia has experienced any setbacks in his recovery from his May 19, 2023 Tommy John surgery, so the right-hander could soon be cleared to face hitters in live batting practice. Houston is hopeful to get Garcia back from the 60-day injured list at some point around the middle of the season.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Throwing bullpen sessions

    Garcia (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, MLB.com reports. Garcia is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and resumed throwing bullpen sessions in April. He's still several months away from a return to the mound, as he'll need to continue to build up his arm strength before embarking on a lengthy rehab assignment.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Goes on injured list

    The Astros placed Garcia (elbow) on the 15-day injured list Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Garcia will be a candidate to shift to the 60-day IL when the Astros need a 40-man roster spot. He's expected to be out until around midseason while working his way back from May 2023 Tommy John surgery.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Settles with Houston

    The Astros and Garcia (elbow) avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.875 million contract Thursday, Ari Alexander of KPRC 2 Houston reports. It was the right-hander's first year of arbitration eligibility. Garcia underwent Tommy John surgery in May and will be on the shelf until at least around midseason.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Goes through workout

    Garcia (elbow) went through pitchers' fielding practice with his Astros teammates during the club's pre-ALDS workout Thursday, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports. Since he's less than five months removed from Tommy John surgery, Garcia wasn't allowed to participate in the throwing portion of PFPs. The right-hander is slated to be sidelined at least until around midseason of next year.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Pushed to 60-day IL

    The Astros transferred Garcia (elbow) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Monday. The transaction is merely a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder Grae Kessinger, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Sugar Land ahead of Monday's game in Toronto. Garcia will miss the remainder of the 2023 season and likely a large portion of the 2024 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow May 19.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Garcia underwent Tommy John surgery Friday as scheduled. It was announced earlier this month that Garcia would require the reconstructive elbow procedure and miss the remainder of the 2023 season. Given the usual 14-16 month recovery timeline, he probably won't throw another pitch in a major-league game until at least the 2024 All-Star Game, if not later. The 27-year-old is under Houston's control through 2026.
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  • Astros' Luis Garcia: Will undergo Tommy John surgery

    The Astros announced Friday that Garcia will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the remainder of the 2023 season. Garcia ends his season with a 2-2 record, 4.00 ERA and 31:10 K:BB over six starts. The right-hander left Monday's outing against the Giants after just eight pitches, and further evaluation determined that the operation was necessary. The earliest he could rejoin the Astros' rotation is likely next summer. In the meantime, Houston may be scrambling to reinforce the big-league staff, although there is a chance Lance McCullers (forearm) could return within the next month.
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