MLB Notes: Braves acquire Freddy Garcia

MLB Notes: Braves acquire Freddy Garcia
August 23, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Former Phille Freddy Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles this season. (USA Today Images)

ATLANTA -- The Braves purchased right-hander Freddy Garcia from the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, a move that could ultimately provide depth for a team that holds a commanding lead in the NL East.

The 36-year-old Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 appearances for the Orioles before being assigned to Triple-A Norfolk in late June. He made 13 starts for the Tides, going 8-3 with a 2.84 ERA.

The Braves placed Garcia with their Triple-A team at Gwinnett, though he could be recalled when the rosters expand for the final month of the season.

Garcia probably wasn't going to be recalled by the Orioles in September, so they sent him to a place where he had a shot at playing in the majors (see full story).

Giants: Cain to DL
SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after being hit in the pitching arm on a line drive from Pittsburgh's Gaby Sanchez.

Cain departed in the fourth inning of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.

He was hit when Sanchez led off the fourth with a groundout. Trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy hustled out to check on the pitcher, who walked off the mound on his own moments later.

Cain allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. With the Giants out of the playoff race, there will be no reason to rush Cain back.

He is 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA this season in 26 starts over 156 1-3 innings.

Rays: DeJesus obtained from Nationals
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from Washington just four days after the Nationals picked him up from the Chicago Cubs.

Washington will receive a player or cash considerations in the deal announced on Friday.

DeJesus is expected to join the Rays before they host the New York Yankees on Friday night. He was acquired by the Nationals on Monday and played in three road games with Washington this week.

In 87 games overall this season, DeJesus is batting .247 with six home runs and 27 RBIs.

Athletics: Suzuki re-acquired
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals on Friday to boost their injury situation at the position, bringing back a former fan favorite just more than a year after trading him away.

The A's are sending Class-A starter Dakota Bacus to the Nationals in the swap, while Washington is paying $995,000 to Oakland as its portion remaining on Suzuki's 2013 salary. He left Chicago where the Nationals were playing and was set to join Oakland in Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles.

The defending AL West champion A's began the day 2 games back of Texas in the division race.

Suzuki, selected by the A's in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft, spent parts of the past two seasons with Washington after six in Oakland. He's batting .222 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 79 games (see full story).

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