Colorado Rockies Jon Garland Beats San Diego Padres In Successful Comeback

By Bill Negron
Jody Gomez USA Today Sports

In July of 2011, pitcher Jon Garland would have shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on his pitching arm. He would attempt to make it back in 2012. However, the more he attempted to throw, the weaker and weaker his right arm became. Garland would have to accept the fact that he would have to miss the entire 2012 season.

In 2013, Garland attempted his comeback with the Seattle Mariners. Despite the fact that he posted solid numbers this spring with Seattle (2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 12 innings pitched), Garland was informed that he would not be in the starting rotation to begin the season. He asked for, and was granted, his release from the club on Mar. 23.

There were several teams rumored to be interested in Garland, but it only took one day for the free agent to sign with the Colorado Rockies to become their newly minted fifth starter.

On Saturday, Jon Garland took the first step back in his comeback against the San Diego Padres in a 6-3 Rockies win.

When he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Garland threw six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out two to earn his first victory since 2011. Garland used the same game plan that was successful for him going back to his playing days with the Chicago White Sox, throwing strikes and most importantly, throw first pitch strikes. Garland threw a first pitch strike to 17 of the 24 Padres he faced tonight.

Rockie fans must be pleased that Colorado picked up Garland on waivers not even two weeks ago and then they were able to put him in the starting rotation to begin the season.

While it remains to be seen what the Rockies can expect from the right-hander going forward, it was certainly a positive beginning for the former all-star and at one time one of the most consistent starting pitchers in all of baseball.

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