Yankees release Chris Garcia, claim Shane Lindsay

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Via LoHud, the Yankees have released Chris Garcia, who had his second Tommy John surgery last month. They could still re-sign him to a minor league contract, similar to what they did with Humberto Sanchez last year. That would remove Garcia from the 40-man roster and keep him in the organization without allowing him accrue service time, which a 60-day DL assignment would.

The move frees up a roster spot for righty Shane Lindsay, who the Yanks claimed off waivers from the Rockies. Baseball America ranked Lindsay as Colorado’s 23rd best prospect coming into the season, noting his “mid-90’s fastball that can touch 98, as well as a knuckle-curve that he can throw for quality strikes.” He’s strictly a reliever, but his numbers this year are ugly: 13.2 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 17 BB, 19 K, 4 WP.

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Man, that injury luck just flat out sucks

  • nathan

    Awful news. Oh what could have been. Hope he resigns, poor kid.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hope he resigns. I still have faith

  • EvoLuTioN

    oh noes i hope we can keep garcia

  • CountryClub

    Thanks, Mike. Good info.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    I hadn’t thought about him resigning. So I’m still holding out for the “it can only happen in movies” scenario where Garcia puts the injuries behind him and fulfills the upside in the future.

  • Hey ZZ

    I bet the Yankees get Garcia back. I doubt they would waive him in favor of Shane Lindsay unless they feel comfortable he will clear waivers.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Redding + Lindsay = Fugheddaboutit.

  • http://incumbentgm.com Joltin’ Joe

    Maybe the Yanls can turn Lindsay into a better pitcher

  • cecala

    Have pitchers come back from two TJS to find success at a major league level?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Hong-Chih Kuo is probably the best survivor from the two TJS crew.


      • ROBTEN

        Well, it’s good to learn from that link that at least it probably won’t affect Garcia’s career as a placekicker.

        • Don W

          Re-sign Garcia and send him to Tampa to be tutored by Pat V on how to switch pitch. When he’s ready let him pitch as a lefty out of the pen. When his right arm is healthy he can start switch pitching. After that whenever one arm is down he can just be a situational reliever. When both are healthy Joba look out!


    • MikeD

      In order for the number to have meaning we’d first have to understand how many pitchers have had two TJ operations. And then we’d have to take that group and figure out how many of those were already MLers or were on a fast track to the Bigs. Can’t imagine it’s a large group.

      • Ed

        I think it’s quite likely that if you end up needing two Tommy John operations, it’s because your body just isn’t built well enough to endure to stress of being a major league pitcher. I wouldn’t expect many people to be successful with two TJs.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Chris Capuano is coming back from his second TJ.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    Damn…that sucks.

  • nathan

    From LoHud:

    For what it’s worth, this is the first line about Lindsay in the Baseball American Prospect Handbook: “The biggest question about Lindsay is if he will ever stay healthy enough to capitalize on his raw ability.” Since 2006, Lindsay has had a broken hand and a torn labrum.


    I find that twisted.

  • http://www.myqivana.com/andrewcolin andrew colin

    cant teach 98

  • http://nicholasrwhenning.blogspot.com/ Nicholas R.W. Henning

    The Yankees have scored some true thunder from Down Under with Shane Lindsay. Watch this space Yankees fans! Remember Graeme Lloyd, he’s an Aussie too! Nicholas R.W. Henning – Australian Baseball Author