|Birth Day:||August 24, 1985|
Right-handed pitcher who debuted with the Washington Nationals in 2012.
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Christian Garcia was a pitcher and switch-hitting catcher at Gulliver Preparatory School in Florida.
The Yankees selected Garcia in the third round of the 2004 MLB Draft, and he made his professional debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL) with the GCL Yankees. One of the top prospects in the GCL in 2004, Garcia was promoted to the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2005. After returning to Charleston in 2006, the Yankees assigned him to the West Oahu CaneFires of the Arizona Fall League after the 2006 season.
Garcia experienced a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow, which required Tommy John surgery in 2007. After missing the entire 2007 season, Garcia pitched to a 4–4 win–loss record and a 4.33 earned run average (ERA) with 74 strikeouts in 62 ⁄3 innings pitched between the GCL Yankees, Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and Trenton Thunder of Class AA Eastern League in 2008. The Yankees added Garcia to their 40 man roster after the 2008 season. Garcia experienced a recurrence of pain in his right elbow, which required his second elbow surgery, to repair a bone spur. His UCL tore again in 2010, which required his second Tommy John surgery in April 2010. The Yankees released him one month later.
The Washington Nationals signed him in July 2011. In 2012, he allowed only five earned runs in 45 appearances, for a combined ERA of 0.86 for the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League and Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League. On September 3, 2012, he was promoted to the major leagues. The following day, he made his major league debut, inducing a pop-up to end an inning.
Garcia was released by the Nationals on June 25, 2014.
Currently, Christian Garcia is 36 years, 10 months and 5 days old. Christian Garcia will celebrate 37th birthday on a Wednesday 24th of August 2022.
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