Shoulder injury knocks out Garcia
In final outing of season, righty only gives up two hits
CHICAGO -- Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia pitched the Tigers to a 2-1 lead in Monday's must-win makeup game for the White Sox with five-plus solid innings before abruptly leaving the contest with tightness in his right shoulder.
Garcia, making his third start for the Tigers since coming back from surgery last September to repair his labrum and rotator cuff, had the makings of his best outing against the club that he helped lead to a World Series title three years ago. Jermaine Dye's first-inning RBI single and a fourth-inning single from Ken Griffey Jr. were the only hits off the righty.
With a low pitch count and effective stuff, manager Jim Leyland let Garcia go out for the sixth inning, something he did not do in his previous two outings. Garcia gave up a leadoff walk to Dewayne Wise, who stole second on Garcia's 0-1 pitch to Dye.
After that, Leyland and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand promptly went to the mound to attend to Garcia, who was pointed toward the top of his right shoulder.
"About two pitches before [the stolen base], we noticed he was kind of moving [his shoulder] around," manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't know whether he pinched something up there. It's too bad."
It was the first health issue Garcia has had since beginning his track to game action with the Tigers. He signed a Minor League deal with the Tigers in August, and began a rehab stint that ended with him in Detroit a few weeks ago.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.