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The Atlanta Braves released pitcher Freddy Garcia on Monday. He was competing for a spot in the Braves rotation.
Releasing Garcia wasn’t the only move that the Braves made. Pitcher Ryan Buchter and outfielders Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Infielders Tyler Greene and Tommy La Stella have been reassigned to Triple-A.
Garcia was up for a $1.25 million salary that was guaranteed if he had been added to the roster, according to the Associated Press. He said that he would not accept an assignment in the minor leagues.
"They said they didn't want to pick it up. I have to go," Garcia said. "I either make the team or I go home."
Garcia had a good outing with the Braves last year. He went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 27 and a third innings, according to Fox Sports. He was also the starter for the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In five starts this spring, Garcia went 1-1 with 4.76 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 17 innings.
It hasn’t been a good spring for the Braves pitchers as they have been plagued by injuries. Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy will miss the season due to having Tommy John surgery. Mike Minor is on the disabled list until mid-April at least due to shoulder problems. Ervin Santana, who the Braves signed this spring, won’t be in the rotation until the second week of the season.
Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, and David Hale are the Braves only starters as of now.