Jon Garland is out as a starting option for the Cleveland Indians, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Garland was scheduled to take the team physical on Monday, but he didn't take it, preventing his minor league contract from being finalized.
Garland, 32, enters his 13th season having missed most of 2011 following shoulder surgery. Jim Bowden of ESPN is saying that Garland is still continuing his rehabilitation but isn't ready to compete for a job, and that presumably (my speculation) prevented him from attempting the physical.
Twitter / @hoynsie: RHP Jon Garland no longer ...
"RHP Jon Garland no longer an option for #Indians. Was scheduled for physical Monday, but didn't take it."
- Twitter / @JimBowdenESPNxm: Chris Antonetti just told ...
Chris Antonetti just told me that Jon Garland is continuing rehab process but isn't at point of being able to compete for a job yet.
- Cleveland Indians to Sign Jon Garland - MLB Daily Dish
The AP (via ESPN) reports that the Cleveland Indians have signed right handed pitcher Jon Garland. This morning it had been reported that the two sides had been nearing a deal, and he will take his physical in the Indians spring training complex in Arizona.