SARASOTA, Fla. -- Veteran right-hander
, who was signed to a minor league deal on Friday, arrived at the
' 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
Garcia will report to Triple-A Norfolk, where he said he will get five starts to see if he can help the major league club. Garcia said he can opt out after that time. He will make his first start for Norfolk on Sunday, he said.
"If I'm pitching good, hopefully I can stick with the club," Garcia said. "I have five starts and if they don't need me, I can go. We'll see what happens. Hopefully, I'll pitch the way they want me to pitch before I can get called up. It's a good situation for me to play on the East Coast and get back to pitching."
Garcia said he’s open to pitching as either a starter or reliever. Last season with the
"I did it last year and I was fine with that," Garcia said.
Garcia said returning to the
"They play unbelievable baseball, man," Garcia said. "When you play in the division, the last month of the season, they made plays. It's one of the toughest divisions in baseball. You've got the Yankees, Boston, to be right there, it's pretty amazing. What they're doing is pretty good."