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Padres release RHP Garcia

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The San Diego Padres gave right-hander Freddy Garcia his release on Sunday, according to an report.

Garcia signed a minor-league contract in January with the intention that he would compete for a spot on the Padres' rotation. But the 36-year-old veteran was disappointing in spring training, posting a 8.71 ERA in 20 2/3 innings in Cactus League games.

The release gives Garcia, who pitched for the New York Yankees in 2012, an opportunity to sign with another team as a free agent.

With Garcia out of the picture, San Diego's rotation to begin the season is expected to be Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard, Jason Marquis, Eric Stults and Tyson Ross.

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