Garcia's new opt-out clause is for May 14, meaning he can elect to become a free agent if he's not on the Orioles' 25-man roster.
The 36-year-old has been throwing well for Norfolk and was named the International League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in a pair of starts last week. Garcia (4-0) is leading the International League in wins and has a 2.67 ERA in five starts with 21 strikeouts and two walks over 33 2/3 innings.
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