SEATTLE -- Leury Garcia was initially worried about his right elbow because he couldn’t feel his fingers after getting hit by a pitch. Rick Renteria’s concern is that Garcia, who was hitting left-handed, got hit on his throwing arm.
Even though Garcia was out of the lineup on Friday with a little bit of swelling, he doesn’t believe he’ll require a lengthy stay on the sideline. Renteria said one reason he held Garcia out Friday is because of the direct hit to the utility man’s throwing arm.
“That ball got him pretty good on the elbow,” Renteria said. “He’s been in getting treatments. He was going to take some batting practice. We’ll see if it can calm down a little bit. It’s his throwing arm. Guys who throw right-handed and bat left, I want them to wear a pad because if they get hit there it’s a double whammy. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”
Garcia -- who’s slashing .298/.347/.465 in 126 plate appearances -- said before Friday’s game he thought he could be used if necessary. He didn’t require an X-ray after Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Gaviglio hit him with an 88-mph sinker in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game. But Garcia also admits he was very worried at first. Garcia and Avisail Garcia each have been hit by four pitches this season.
“When I got hit I thought it would be worse,” Leury Garcia said. “Today, got here in the morning and took my treatment from the trainer and I feel better.”
As for throwing, Leury Garcia hadn’t pushed it prior to batting practice.
“I'm not going to try yet,” he said. “I'm going to try later. But I think I'm going to be good, be ok.”