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Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia ready for opportunity with Orioles

Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia ready for opportunity with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia, who was signed to a minor league deal on Friday, arrived at the Orioles' minor league facility at Twin Lakes Park on Sunday morning, passed his physical and threw a bullpen session in front of Orioles coaches.

Wearing a No. 9 jersey without a name on the back, the 14-year veteran said he feels ready for the season – he threw five innings and about 80 pitches in last Saturday in his final start with the Padres before his release – and hopes he can get back to the big leagues with the Orioles.

Garcia will report to Triple-A Norfolk, where he said he will get five starts to see if he can help the major...

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