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04/06/2007 1:45 AM ET
Garcia sharp in rehab start for Threshers
Phillies pitcher strikes out seven in three scoreless innings
Freddy Garcia probably will have one more rehab start in the Minors before heading to Philly. (Chuck Burton/AP)


CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Freddy Garcia was impressive in his first rehab start, striking out seven batters over three scoreless innings as Clearwater beat Dunedin, 9-3.

A 17-game winner in 2006 for the Chicago White Sox, Garcia returned to the Minors for the first time since his 2000 start for Triple-A Tacoma. He faced 14 batters, allowing three hits and walking one in 3 1/3 innings.

Garcia was slated to throw about 45 pitches in his first rehab start following two bullpen sessions. Placed on the 15-day disabled list by Philadelphia with right bicep tendinitis, he hopes to return to the Phillies rotation next week.

The former 18-game winner was traded by Chicago to Philadelphia for Gavin Floyd on Dec. 7. He will most likely get one more Minor League tuneup before making his Phillies debut.

Patrick Overholt (1-0) picked up the win for Clearwater, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on three hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out four and walked two.

Greg Golson had three hits, including a double and a triple for the Threshers, and Brad Harmon cranked a two-run homer in the seventh. Jeremy Slayden and Clay Harris added two RBIs apiece.

Orlando Trias started for Dunedin -- the defending Florida State League West Division champions -- and took the loss, allowing five runs on four hits and two walks.

Eric Nielsen went 2-for-4 with a double for the Jays.

Danny Wild is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.