Pirates Remove High-Leverage Reliever From WBC; Return TBD

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jarlin Garcia has withdrawn himself from competing for Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic due to tightness in his left arm.

This news comes after he was pulled from a Grapefruit League game over the weekend.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton confirmed that Garcia will undergo further testing, and there is currently no timeline for his return to action.

With Garcia still undergoing testing, a more specific diagnosis and timetable for his recovery is expected to be available soon.

The Pirates signed the 30-year-old to a one-year, $2.5 million contract this offseason.

Over his six-year career, he holds a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, with 259 strikeouts over 322 innings and 285 appearances.

It's a notable loss for Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Photo Credit: Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports