ANAHEIM, Calif. — As a veteran of 14 major league seasons, it took a while for right-hander
But when the 36-year-old pitcher decided to sign a minor league deal with the
Garcia will make his Orioles and 2013 major league debut on Saturday against the
"There was no way I was going to go to another Triple-A team, and I got called up," said Garcia, who joined the Orioles in Anaheim on Friday. "It was the best for me to stay there and pitch whatever [games] I had to pitch and finally they called me up. I know they need pitching. At some point, they would need me. This division is one of the toughest ones in baseball, and they always need pitching. …
"I know I can pitch and I can help the team win games and throw innings. They need guys to pitch innings here to save the bullpen, because the bullpen is really one of their strengths. [If] you kill your bullpen early in the season, a couple months later it's going to hurt."
Garcia said it was initially a tough adjustment trying to work his way back to the big leagues through the minors. But he recently was awarded the
"I was working really hard," Garcia said. "I told myself, 'You're there. You have to keep your mind there.' There's no dreaming about stuff. It's not easy when you play in the big leagues for so long and now you're a regular Triple-A guy. You're doing the same stuff they do, wherever they eat, whatever hotel they stay in, the long bus rides, all kind of stuff. You can not take it for granted. You have to keep working hard and make it happen, man."
"I really don't care what people say," Garcia said. "I just go out there and do my job. … I really don't care, because I always put up numbers and that's all you can really do is keep putting up numbers."
Said Showalter: "He's pitched pretty well. This is not a guy that was a failed starter in the big leagues. I'll tell you another thing: Everybody early in the season carries better stuff than they do later on, so he's pretty fresh right now."
Coming off one of his best offensive performances of the season on Thursday, left fielder Nolan Reimold batted leadoff for the first time this season on Friday.
Reimold was 2-for-4 with three runs scored in the Orioles' 5-1 win over the Angels on Thursday night, picking up 15 points to his batting average — from .203 to .218.
"I think I'm starting to feel a little better at the plate," Reimold said. "Hitting isn't just swinging. There's a feel to it. You've just got to work to get the feel back and get comfortable."
Reimold entered Friday 3-for-9 with a homer and two RBIs in his career against Angels starter
"[I] wanted to get him a couple more at-bats," Showalter said of Reimold. "I think he's getting close to being in a pretty good place. We'll see. He's had a little success off Vargas. We've got a very versatile lineup and fortunately there are not a whole lot of questions about where they are hitting. They just want to play."
Avoiding the hive
The camera behind home plate at Angel Stadium was covered with bees during Thursday's game, which made for some uneasy moments for catcher
"Wieters went back for a pop-up kind of over there early in the game," Showalter said. "He walked by me and goes, 'That took a little courage there.' If you don't look at the camera and get the chill bumps, you should be on Animal Planet. I couldn't quit looking on it. It was funny watching the on-deck hitters."
Stadium workers sprayed the camera before Friday's game and it appeared that most of the bees were gone.
Triple-A Norfolk right-hander
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