Sore shoulder stings Garcia, Phils
Righty gives up six runs in 1 2/3 innings to Kansas City
KANSAS CITY -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he thought Freddy Garcia might be pitching with a sore shoulder.Garcia confirmed Manuel's suspicions after he was unable to get out of the second inning in an 8-4 loss to the Royals on Friday night, snapping the Phillies' six-game road winning streak. Garcia, who turns 31 on Sunday, will be examined on Monday when the club returns to Philadelphia. "When I took him out of the game, I walked him downstairs and started talking to him," Manuel said. "I asked him [about his shoulder]. I told him if he's hurt, I don't want him pitching. I told him, 'The way you're throwing, it definitely looks like to me that you're hurt.' He's a mentally tough guy and wants to pitch, but at the same time -- then he told me his shoulder was sore." Garcia is 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA. His fastball is peaking in the mid-80s, not in the 90-mph range, as in past years. He appears not to be the same pitcher who won 17 games in 2006 for the White Sox and has pitched at least 200 innings in the past seven seasons. "I told him, basically, I do not want somebody who is hurt pitching," Manuel said. "I want you pitching [at] 100 percent. If there is anything wrong with you, I have to know it. He wanted to talk about it. He was upset because his performance wasn't good. We'll check him out and see what's wrong with him." Garcia acknowledged he had pain in his shoulder and could not extend his arm like he wants. "I don't have much to say," Garcia said. "Monday I'll check it out and see what's going on with my shoulder. I've got to stop pitching. I don't want to pitch the way I've been pitching. If it is not 100 percent in my shoulder, there's nothing I can do." Garcia began the season on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis and did not make his first start until April 17. He confirmed the shoulder has been bothering him since Spring Training, but "the last couple of outings" it has been worse. "I don't feel the way I want to feel," Garcia said. "Right now, how they hit me, I cannot pitch that way. You want to go out and try to pitch the way you want to pitch, and it is not going to happen." Garcia, who was pulled after 50 pitches, faced 14 batters, and nine reached base and six scored. It matched his shortest outing, which was Aug. 1, 2003, with the Mariners against the White Sox.
It also was a night Chase Utley will not want to remember, as he struck out four times and stranded four runners in scoring position. It was the first time in 505 career games that he struck out four times.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.