According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Phillies are one of several teams monitoring the right-hander’s recovery. Garcia is scheduled to throw breaking balls for scouts in Miami this week. [Link]
Garcia underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in August of 2007. Throwing only fastballs and changeups from the mound, his heater is reportedly in the 84-87 mph range. The Yankees, Mets, Astros, Rangers, Royals and Red Sox were named as suitors in the report. In 11 starts for the Phillies in '07, Garcia was 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA.
Further down, Sherman says the Phillies remain "very interested" in Seattle left-hander Erik Bedard. “One NL official said, ‘I heard Philadelphia is not even scared off that he is hurt right now,’ ” Sherman writes. “But word within the game also remains strong that current Phillies GM Pat Gillick will leave at the end of the year to be part of a group that will buy the Mariners, with Gillick likely stepping in as club president. Gillick has an exemplary reputation. But it would be strange to see the Phillies deal prospects that Gillick is extremely knowledgeable about to the Mariners, and then have Gillick become a top Seattle executive. In that case, Gillick would essentially be trading prospects to Gillick and, perhaps, speeding up the rebuilding process for devastated Seattle.”