Thursday tidbits: Garcia activated and optioned, Smoltz, Boggs, Ludwick
Hello from San Diego, which absolutely deserves its reputation as one of the best cities in America. Terrific ballpark too.
* Jaime Garcia was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Garcia has been rehabbing from “Tommy John” elbow surgery. On Wednesday night he started at Memphis in what technically was his last rehab start.
He pitched well in that game after a four-run first, finishing with four runs in six innings, nine strikeouts and one walk. He’ll continue pitching for Memphis.
* John Smoltz was officially added to the active roster today. He spoke extensively with reporters — look for a story on the site before long — and threw a bullpen. He remains scheduled to start Sunday.
* Mitchell Boggs was optioned to Memphis in order to make room for Smoltz.
* Ryan Ludwick is not in the lineup, but TLR said it’s not health-related. Ludwick struck out three times against Tim Stauffer last week, so that is likely the explanation.
Tonight’s playlist is a San Diego special:
Steve Poltz, “Everything About You” (hi, Mrs. Dude!)
The Monroes, “What Do All the People Know”
Louis XIV, “Finding Out True Love Is Blind”
Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song”