Jon Garland was back on the South Side for Mark Buehrle’s jersey retirement ceremony on Saturday. The day after celebrating his former teammate, he threw a bullpen session for White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper at Guaranteed Rate Field. Garland has been out of baseball since 2013. However, over the past year, he has been throwing pain-free at a high school near his home in Southern California. He told CBS Chicago’s Bruce Levine that being out of the game for an extended period of time allowed his arm to heal. Garland also added high praise for the South Side:
Just walking out to the bullpen was a good feeling. I love this stadium and I love this city. Coop was my pitching coach when I was 18. It was a good feeling – it really was.
Garland certainly has some wonderful White Sox memories, including a Wold Series ring and back-to-back 18-win seasons in 2005 and 2006. Over his 13-year career he posted a 136-125 record, 4.37 ERA, 1.387 WHIP and 1,156 strikeouts in 365 appearances.
At age 37, Garland is a family man. He stated that the next step toward a potential return to baseball would be a long conversation between him and his girls at home. If Jon Garland were to return to baseball, he would most definitely receive a very warm welcome from White Sox nation.