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Former Cardinal Garcia traded again
The New York Yankees obtained pitcher Jaime Garcia from Minnesota for minor-league hurlers Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns on Sunday. Garcia, 31, was 4-7 with a 4.30 earned-run average in 18 starts for Atlanta before being dealt to Minnesota last Monday. He won his only start for the Twins, giving up three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings Friday in Oakland.
At the time of the deal last week, the Twins were 49-48 and trailed AL Central-leading Cleveland by 2½ games. Minnesota lost four of its next five games, falling seven games back of first and four games out for the second American League wild-card slot.
“Things have changed in the last 10 days, as far as a couple of teams getting hot and we’ve had a little bit of a tough time closing games out,” said manager Paul Molitor, who spoke to his players before Sunday’s game. “Get over it,” he recalled telling them. “We are where we are.”
Garcia, a lefthander and former Cardinal, is to make his Yankees debut Thursday, in Cleveland. Garcia takes the No. 5 slot in the rotation that has been filled since the All-Star break by Caleb Smith and Bryan Mitchell. Michael Pineda’s elbow injury, which required Tommy John surgery, caused the Yankees to search for more starting pitching help. Monday is the deadline for teams to make trades without waivers.
“It’s what we need. It’s an awesome add for this team. I’ve heard only good things about him as a clubhouse guy and I’m excited,” Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said.
Garcia pitched for the Cardinals from 2008-16 and started twice against Texas in the 2011 World Series, pitching seven shutout innings in Game 2 and allowing two runs over three innings in Game 6. He did not get a decision in either game.
He was dealt to the Braves last December.
“I think we’re looking at the experience factor,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s someone that’s pitched in some big games before.”
New York will pay only $184,180 in salary to Garcia — a prorated share of the $535,000 minimum.
Atlanta agreed to pay the Twins cash to cover most of the remainder of his $12 million salary, and Minnesota in turn will pass the cash on to the Yankees. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Other trades • Kansas City, seeking to bolster its offense for a run at playoff spot, acquired outfielder Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox for two pitching prospects. Cabrera, 32, is batting .288 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs. He was with the Royals in 2011 and is in his 13th season in the majors. Kansas City traded a pair of Single-A pitchers in the deal — 22-year-old righthander A.J. Puckett and 23-year-old lefthander Andre Davis. The White Sox also sent Kansas City cash considerations in the deal.
• The Rangers sent catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies for a player to be announced. Lucroy is hitting .242 with four homers and 27 RBIs this year.
Lee May dies • Lee May, who put up 100-RBI seasons for three teams, died over the weekend. He hit 354 homers with 1,244 RBIs in 18 years and drove in more than 100 runs in a season for Cincinnati, Houston and Baltimore. He starred for the Reds in the 1970 World Series, going seven for 18 (.389) with two homers and eight RBIs in a five-game loss to Baltimore. He was a three-time All-Star first baseman.
Several players ailing • Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo was scratched from the lineup after tweaking his back while stretching. He was one of several players who were injured Sunday, or out because of ailments: Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine was hit on the throat by a foul ball, hit on the back of his helmet by the backswing of the Rays’ Steven Sousa Jr., then hit on his left hand by a pitch. X-rays did not reveal any fractures. … Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (bruised heel) missed his third straight start but could return Monday or Tuesday. …. Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun suffered a hamstring injury and is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday. … Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison suffered a leg injury while running the bases and is out indefinitely. …. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia missed his second game in a row because of a sore knee.
Elsewhere • The Brewers demoted Junior Guerra, their opening-day starting pitcher, to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is 1-4 with a 4.96 ERA since returning from the disabled list May 26.
• Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is on the disabled list, is scheduled to see a specialist to access the ligament damage in his right ankle.
• Braves reliever and former Cardinal Jason Motte (back strain), threw a perfect inning Saturday during a rehab appearance at the Class A level.
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