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Padres news: Freddy Garcia released by Friars

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The San Diego Padres released veteran right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia on Tuesday, making the competition for the fifth starter role slightly less intense, the Associated Press reports.

Garcia was given a non-roster invite to spring training in hopes of fulfilling one of the starting spots in the rotation. But struggles throughout Cactus League play kept him from measuring up to the level of play necessary for such a position. He went just 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six starts, allowed 25 runs and 26 hits in 20 2/3 innings of work.

The open competition got a little less stiff when Casey Kelly was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his throwing elbow that would require Tommy John surgery. But given the impending $1.3 million price tag that would come with Garcia had he made the roster coupled with his struggles, the move comes as no surprise. Rookie Tyson Ross now appears to be the frontrunner for the job, and will have less competition to worry about moving forward for the remainder of the offseason.

The Padres will begin their season in Queens as they travel to the East Coast to take on the New York Mets.

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