It seems the tortoise couldn’t catch the hare after all. According to the Inquirer, outfield hopeful Karim Garcia was issued his walking papers today, hand delivered by dynamic young prospect Michael Bourn. [Link]
Garcia, who had a clause in his contract granting his release if he didn’t make the 25-man roster, was released earlier today. The move would appear to pave the way for 24-year-old Bourn to make the team as a fourth or fifth outfielder, defensive sub and primary speed threat off the bench. Garcia had been having a good spring, hitting .305 with one home run and seven RBIs, but Bourn has been matching him step-for-step, hitting .291 with six stolen bases in six attempts and nine RBIs. He’s also scored 15 runs, third most in the Grapefruit League.
The move narrows the bench candidates to three choices for probably two openings: Greg Dobbs, Michael Bourn and Chris Coste. However, Coste has been nursing a hamstring injury, and Dobbs’ versatility, left-handedness and hot spring is also working against him. Others, like Ron Calloway and Brent Abernathy, have been informed they will not make the team. Barring a trade, the bench, and just about everything else, appears set.
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