Notes: Garcia ready for Phils debut
Right-hander looking forward to making first start of 2007
NEW YORK -- Freddy Garcia couldn't hide his excitement, as the right-hander gripped a softball. In the midst of some clubhouse hijinx, Garcia clearly appreciated being back with the boys on Wednesday.On Sunday, Garcia hopes to exchange the softball for a baseball and make his Phillies debut against the Houston Astros. Garcia rejoined the Phillies after throwing a simulated game in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday, after his scheduled rehabilitation start for the Class A Threshers was rained out. He said everything is fine. "I'm good," Garcia said. "I'm ready to pitch in a game. Nothing hurts." Garcia said he doesn't feel any soreness in his right biceps, which caused him to leave his March 21 outing against the Blue Jays after one inning and 32 pitches. He feels his velocity will be where it needs to be on Sunday. The Phillies will need it to be if Garcia is to be the pitcher they thought they were acquiring at the Winter Meetings. He hasn't enjoyed his time on the sidelines. "It's not fun to sit and watch," Garcia said. "I hate it. But I'll be ready. I want to help us win." Claim: The Phillies claimed infielder Michael Garciaparra off waivers from Seattle. Garciaparra, the younger brother of Los Angeles first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, was designated for assignment on April 1. The 24-year-old was selected by the Mariners in the first round (supplemental, 36th overall) in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, when Pat Gillick was the general manager. He has batted .267 over five Minor League seasons, reaching as high as Triple-A Tacoma in 2006. He's expected to play at Double-A Reading. The Phillies have a history of acquiring the less known of baseball brothers, including Ken Brett (not George), Vince DiMaggio (not Joe or Dom), Jeremy Giambi (not Jason), Mark Leiter (not Al), Mike Maddux (not Greg) and Frank Torre (not Joe). Philling In: Chase Utley was hit on the hand by a pitch in the eighth inning. X-rays were negative. Coming up: Despite having a combined 42 years of Major League experience, lefties Jamie Moyer and Tom Glavine have never faced each other. That's symptomatic of Glavine spending all of his career in the National League East and Moyer spending the majority of his in the American League West. The two pitchers are off to fine starts this season. Each has a win and an ERA less than 3.00. The two veterans will meet Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET in the finale of the three-game series.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.