The Baltimore Orioles have optioned veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment the right-hander has the right to refuse.
The former Mariners ace is 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles this season. Garcia can either accept the demotion or declare himself a free agent.
“Freddy has a decision to make,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “He can stay with us and go to Triple-A or do something else. Hoping he stays.”
Garcia was a starting pitcher for Seattle from the 1999 season until June 28, 2004, when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox for catcher Miguel Olivo, prospect Jeremy Reed and current Mariners outfielder Michael Morse.
His best season was 2001 when he went 18-6 with a 3.05 ERA the last time the Mariners reached the playoffs.
The 36-year-old Garcia was optioned because the Orioles recalled rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman from Norfolk on Monday.
The 22-year-old Gausman is 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in five starts with the Orioles this season. He pitched in relief during spring training.
NO DATE SET FOR A-ROD’S RETURN TO YANKS
Alex Rodriguez is getting closer, but no date has been set for his first minor-league rehab game, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday.
While A-Rod continues to progress in his rehab from hip surgery, Cashman refuted a published report that claimed A-Rod had been OK’d to play for Class-A Tampa next Monday.
“We have not set a timeline for him,” Cashman said in a telephone interview. “He’s getting close, but no one has talked to me about when.”
The Yankees hope Rodriguez can rejoin them after the All-Star break in mid-July.
PAGAN SCHEDULED FOR HAMSTRING SURGERY
San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left hamstring.
The procedure will be performed by Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.
Pagan is expected to be out for at least another 12 weeks.
The Houston Astros optioned infielder Marwin Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma City and cut left-hander Wade LeBlanc. The team said corresponding roster moves would be made Tuesday. … The Cleveland Indians optioned right-hander Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus and recalled pitcher T.J. House from the same minor league club.