Yeudy Garcia to Get His Shoulder Examined in Pittsburgh

Yeudy Garcia flew to Pittsburgh yesterday to get his shoulder checked out, Pirates Prospects has learned. Garcia was experiencing some pain after the season, which led to the checkup. We reached out to Garcia, and he mentioned that the shoulder was bothering him all year.

As I’ve reported throughout the year, Garcia didn’t have the same stuff that he had last year. His fastball velocity was down early in the year, and his command was off. The velocity increased later in the year, and the command improved, with the explanation being that he went the entire off-season without pitching, and that got him off to a late start this year. Still, he wasn’t seeing the velocity he saw with West Virginia, where he would sit 93-96 MPH and touch 97. He was hitting 95 and 96 MPH at times in the second half, but in his final start of the year, he was averaging 92, and that was mostly the case all year, with a 90-94 MPH fastball that ticked a bit higher at times.

I asked Pirates staff throughout the year if there were injury concerns with Garcia, but the response was always that this wasn’t an issue. So if it was going on all year, it’s possible the Pirates didn’t know about it until now.

We will have an update when there is more to know about the status of Garcia’s shoulder.

John Dreker contributed to this report.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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anthony86

Well at least he has the offseason to relax and recover, hopefully nothing serious.. watching tonight’s pirates game, just a couple things to be excited about.. 1. Hanson just has to be our future leadoff , that speed is killer. 2. Glasnow looking good, hitting 98 , way to cut it loose, hopefully that’s a step in the right direction for him. Let’s go buccos

Biagio

Need to step up and QO Nova or give him a contract. Way too many injury issues. Glasnow is still a large ?.

Silkychubs

Can’t QO Nova. Not allowed to offer it to in season acquisitions anymore.

IC Bob

Can’t QO Nova since he was acquired in a trade I wish we could

Biagio

Yes thanks I forgot about that quirky rule.

joe s

He should have told the team his shoulder hurt. He might have caused himself more problems by staying quite and pitching with it. I hope it is not serious and rest will resolve it.

IC Bob

I hate shoulders more then Elbows. Shoulders just seem to linger and are almost impossible to fix without long term rest.

John W

TINSTAAP is for real. Dream rotation getting less dreamy each passing day.

Let’s just hope Coles elbow doesn’t completely blow up because that would mark the end of 2017-18.

mike367

“Dream rotations” almost never come to fruition. Too many shoulder and elbow injuries.

wtm1613

Yeudy Garcia was in the “dream” rotation? At this point I’d think that’d be:
Cole
Taillon
Glasnow
Kingham
Kuhl
and Keller not far behind. I like Garcia, but don’t think he’s in the same class as those other pitchers.

rjgrinde

Keller is far better than Kingham. Right now it is looking like he is better than Glasnow and Kuhl as well. Granted he is two years off but it is looking plausible that he could supplant Cole at the top of the list. He is the real deal

Kozy21

I think Taillon is pretty close to supplanting Cole.

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