In fact, Garcia was listed as the starting pitcher for Atlanta's 9:10 p.m. game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
So with that 4.33 ERA Garcia would slot in as the fourth best pitcher on the Twins staff, in between Adalberto Mejia and Hector Santiago.
For his career, he has an Earned Run Average of 3.65 but since shoulder injuries caused him to miss almost three seasons combined between 2012-2015, Garcia's ERA has been well north of 4.00, coming in at 4.67 his final (and finally healthy) year in St. Louis, and a 4.33 ERA so far this season in Atlanta. With him being a rental for the rest of the season and a free agent after 2017, a marginal prospect should get the deal done. On Thursday night, the Twins and Braves were believed to be negotiating over whether the Twins will pay the entire amount. The trade is expected to be a one-for-one swap with the Braves acquiring a minor leaguer from the Twins.
Medical issues are being explored by the Twins.
While Hughes is dealing with a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome in his throwing shoulder, Garcia made it back from 2014 surgery for the same ailment.
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Garcia, who has seen his nine-inning strikeout rate dip to 6.88, rebounded to allow one earned run in seven innings on Sunday in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Garcia spent most of his injury-interrupted career with the St. Louis Cardinals before he was acquired by the Braves in an offseason trade.
However, through his first 12 starts, Garcia had an ERA of 3.16 until a string of four straight starts giving up 5+ runs, that jacked his ERA up to 4.55.
Twins starters have posted a 4.91 cumulative ERA, which ranks 24th in the majors and third-worst in the AL, ahead of only the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox.
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