The Atlanta Braves have purchased the contract of veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The 36-year-old former Seattle Mariners ace is expected to pitch out of the bullpen. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Garcia also could be used as a spot starter in the final month of the regular season.
Garcia is 155-106 in 16 major league seasons with Seattle (1999-2004), the White Sox (2004-06, 2009-10), Philadelphia (2007), Detroit (2008), the Yankees (2011-12) and Baltimore (2013). He was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts, with Baltimore this season.
The Braves acquired Garcia from the Orioles on Aug. 23 for cash considerations. Garcia has pitched in relief in only 16 games in his career.
HELTON HITS MILESTONE
Todd Helton doubled in the seventh inning Sunday to become the 96th player in major league history to reach 2,500 career hits.
The crowd gave the Rockies first baseman a standing ovation and he tipped his helmet to the fans as he stood on second base.
With the double, Helton has 574 doubles, moving him out of a tie with Hall of Famer Robin Yount on the career doubles list.
The Red Sox designated once prominent reliever Daniel Bard for assignment because they needed his spot on the 40-man roster. The 26-year old Bard has battled control problems the past two seasons. ... The Yankees expanded their roster, adding infielder David Adams, right-handers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall and left-hander Cesar Cabral from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New York also signed catcher J.R. Murphy from the Triple-A club. The Orioles shuffled catchers, cutting Taylor Teagarden and promoting Steve Clevenger and Chris Snyder from Triple A. Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Sunday’s game against the White Sox with a bruised left hip. The Pirates activated outfielder and Jackson High grad Travis Snider off the disabled list and called up pitchers Kris Johnson and Kyle Farnsworth from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Marlins activated outfielder Chris Coghlan from the disabled list and recalled pitchers Chris Hatcher and Zach Phillips from Triple-A New Orleans. Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, left the game against the Reds after being hit in his pitching hand by a line drive.