PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Garcia doesn't yet want to accept the possibility that he may have thrown his final pitch of the season, and likely his brief Phillies career. In a few days, he may have no choice. The Phillies right-hander had an MRI on his strained right shoulder at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital that showed "pathology" in the labrum and fraying of the rotator cuff, the team announced late Monday. He's seeking a second opinion, and a plan of care will be determined after that. If surgery is required, he could miss significant time, if not the rest of the season. Recovery time after such operations is usually at least a year.
"Hopefully, I'll do what I have to do and be back (soon)," Garcia said, after Monday's 3-0 win over the White Sox. "I have to get treatment and see how it goes." Garcia said he'll get his second opinion "in a couple of days," though he wasn't sure who he would see. The right-hander, who is earning $10 million this season, is 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts this season. The righty lasted 1 2/3 innings against the Royals on Friday, and surrendered six earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Garcia had thrown pitches at 83 mph, prompting manager Charlie Manuel to seek an explanation from Garcia. Garcia told the skipper he was experiencing soreness, and later told writers he was sore since Spring Training. The Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. How long he stays there should become clearer in the next few days. General manager Pat Gillick and assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. were unavailable for comment. The distressing medical news came while the Phillies were facing the team from which they acquired Garcia, a pitcher with a reputation for being a workhorse. Philadelphia sent 2001 No. 1 draft choice Gavin Floyd and minor league lefthander Gio Gonzalez to the White Sox.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.