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Twins 'in final stages' of trading for Braves lefthander Jaime Garcia

The Twins, only a half-game out of first place in the AL Central, might be close to shoring up their biggest weakness: starting pitching.

Minnesota “is in the final stages of making a deal” for Braves lefthander Jaime Garcia, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations, and an announcement could come Friday. Garcia is a nine-year veteran, eight of them with the St. Louis Cardinals, who owns a career 3.65 ERA, though it has slipped to 4.33 this season.

Garcia earns $12 million this season, and is still owed roughly $4.7 million for the remaining two months. He can be a free agent after the season. The teams are believed to be negotiating over whether the Twins will pay the entire amount.

The Twins are asking for an additional Braves player in the deal as well, the source said, though not necessarily a major leaguer. Atlanta is expected to receive a Twins prospect in the deal, which was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Medical issues are being explored by the Twins as they close in on an agreement. Garcia has had an injury-plagued career, including surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in 2014, and groin and shoulder issues the past couple of seasons. Garcia has never pitched more than 194 innings in a season, and that was in 2011, when he was 24. But the 31-year-old Garcia has not missed a start for the Braves this season, and has nine quality starts among his 17 appearances, including last Sunday’s one run allowed over seven innings in a victory against Arizona.

Garcia, traded by St. Louis to Atlanta last winter for pitcher John Gant and two minor leaguers, has seven games of postseason experience, including starts in Games 2 and 6 of the 2011 World Series against Texas. Garcia’s postseason record is 0-3, but with a respectable 3.94 ERA.

The Twins have used 11 different starting pitchers this season, a group that owns a cumulative 4.91 ERA. Only the White Sox’s and Orioles’ rotations have fared worse.

Staff writer La Velle E. Neal III also contributed to this report.

Postgame: Berrios' trainer spots a flaw, helps make adjustments

Here are three things from LEN3 following the Twins' win over the Yankees:

BERRIOS ADJUSTMENTS: Jose Berrios said some help from his personal trainer has helped with his delivery. Berrios went 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday, holding the Yankees to just one run. This comes after a run of four sup-par outings, after which his trainer spotted a flaw while watching him. The trainer currently is in town and has given Berrios some exercises to help.  "My trainer saw from afar that my right side was a little stiff," Berrios said, "and we were able to work that out, with some exercise and stretches." Berrios took off after the Twins gave him a 6-0 lead in the second inning. He said he was determined to not hand back the lead. But every little bit can help, including help from a trainer.

TYLER JAY UPDATE: Tyler Jay, the sixth overall pick in 2015, has returned to Fort Myers Fla., to continue a rehab and throwing program. The Twins were concerned that Jay had thoracic outlet syndrome and needed season-ending surgery. After undergoing a few tests, the Twins don't believe Jay has TOS and hope he can pitch before the end of the season. "We are going to give it another try," said Brad Steil, the Twins director of minor league operations. "We also had his shoulder checked out, and it is fine." Jay has pitched just 104 innings since being drafted because of injuries. The Twins initially wanted to build him into a starter but the club has decided to make the 23-year old Jay a reliever. 

ANOTHER MINOR LEAGUE SIGNING: The Twins have signed righthanded reliever Michael Kohn to a minor league contract. Kohn, 31, has made 132 appearances with the Angels and Braves but underwent surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in October of 2015 and hasn't pitched since. He's been placed on the DL to rehab for awhile before being assigned to Rochester.

Final, 7/19 R H E
NY Yankees 48-45 1 7 0
Minnesota 48-46 6 7 1

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