The Braves are hoping veteran Freddy Garcia can bolster their ailing staff. (Abelimages/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Braves, in need of pitching help as they gear up for the postseason, have acquired veteran Freddy Garcia from the Orioles.
Garcia will start at Triple-A Gwinnett, per Mark Bowman. Garcia struggled through 10 starts with the Orioles this season, notching a 5.77 ERA and 1.36 WHIP before being optioned to the Minor Leagues. With Triple-A Norfolk, he had a 2.84 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and won eight of his 13 starts.
Braves starter Brandon Beachy, returning this season from Tommy John surgery, felt his velocity dip in his most recent start and will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
Atlanta is already without Tim Hudson, who fractured his ankle in late July. The Braves' starting rotation is fifth in the National League in ERA (3.58) and seventh in batting average against (.252).
The 36-year-old Garcia has spent one season in the National League, 2007 with Philadelphia, where he posted a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts.