Garman throws scoreless rehab inning

Sports Editor

Wapakoneta native Brian Garman returned to the mound Sunday for the first time since June 22.

He started Sunday’s game for the Arizona Rookie League Brewers and pitched one scoreless inning.

“I felt pretty good,” Garman said. “As far as getting to the point where I was before I got hurt, I just need to see more hitters.

“I’m pretty comfortable physically. I’m not concerned,” he said. “I just need more repetitions off the mound.”

The former Wapakoneta Redskin allowed a leadoff infield single on a high chopper between him and the second baseman.

“I executed the pitch I wanted but the ball was out of reach,” Garman said.

He walked the next batter to put runners on first and second base.

The walk Garman allowed Sunday was his first since May 7. He had not allowed a walk to the previous 70 batters he faced.

“That walk was frustrating. I’m not the kind of guy who can walk people and keep a job,” Garman said. “It’s paramount that I’m not walking guys. I don’t have room for those kinds of errors.

“I need to have guys put the ball in play. I’m not a power pitcher,” he said. “Walks don’t fly with me.”

The third batter he faced flew out to center field then Garman came back and struck out the next two hitters to strand both runners.

“For the first time facing hitters in two months, it was satisfactory,” Garman said.

Garman entered the game with a 3-0 lead after the AZL Brewers scored three in the top of the first inning.

Garman said he wasn’t even aware of his team’s lead when he entered but he has never really paid attention to the score.

“I don’t change the way I pitch based on the score,” Garman said. “It’s my job to get three outs.”

The AZL Brewers have eight regular season games remaining in 2013.

“I’d be really, really surprised if I went back to Huntsville the rest of the season,” the 2010 Brewers pick said. “They’re probably going to try and get me some reps here,” Garman said.

Garman was sent to Phoenix, Ariz., in late July after suffering an injury playing for the Huntsville (Ala.) Stars, the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A affiliate.

Garman appeared in 20 games with Huntsville before being injured.

He has spent parts of two seasons with Huntsville.

Garman attended the University of Cincinnati for baseball and was drafted in the 17th round by the Brewers. He is a 2006 Wapakoneta High School graduate.