David Phelps will replace Freddy Garcia in rotation

Update: Swisher has low-grade hammy strain
Sunday Night Open Thread

Following this afternoon’s win against the Tigers, Joe Girardi announced that David Phelps will assume Freddy Garcia‘s rotation spot. He’ll start in Kansas City on Thursday.

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Update: Swisher has low-grade hammy strain
Sunday Night Open Thread
  • RR

    YES said DJ Mitchell call-up, is that still happening? Garcia and Mitchell in the pen, Eppely to SWB?

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Yes to all.

    • flamingo

      Happened this morning.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    This makes me happy.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    I’m nervously excited.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      +1. As I said in Freddy’s game thread, time to see what the AAA kids can do.

  • Dino Velvet

    what contributions can Freddie make from the bullpen with his noodle arm?

    • Preston

      Sacrificial Lamb in blow outs

      • jsbrendog

        the freddy garcia experience, the long awaited sequel to the sergio mitre experience

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    So, if Joe had been quicker to make this decision, he would have stretched him out a couple more innings yesterday.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Unlikely, as he had already thrown a few innings on Wednesday, I believe.

      • Need Pitching

        this

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        He threw 32 pitches. Stretch him to 55. He’d be able to go 75-80 in his next appearance.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        He threw 53 on Wednesday…maybe Joe sees him as “stretched out” already and maybe he can go 80 or so in the start.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      LOL. This person read this on Axisa’s twitter and thought he’d be smart and type it here.
      Backfired.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        LOL? What backfired? My point was the timing of Joe’s decision, not the original idea of stetching him out. And why call me this person? Why not address me directly?

  • Kentucky Bomber

    Skip Garcia’s turn yesterday and we had a good shot a sweep this weekend.

  • Tom Zig

    Yanks should just cut Garcia. What’s his role, back-up long reliever?

    • Scott

      He’s our “third inning specialist” for Hughes starts.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Yanks will probably keep him on the roster and work on some stuff, let his arm rest. Once he gets a few starts out of the pen he’ll probably be released if he’s terrible or put on the DL to give him even more time without taking up a spot.

  • Scott

    Picture Phelps’ mindset: in March he had to be thinking, “great, this team has 8 big-league starters ahead of me, then the team seems to like Banuelos/Betances better, so what am I, a 25 year-old AAA pitcher who’s TENTH in line to start?” Weeks later, he’s now the #5 starter, maybe #4 if Hughes keeps sucking. The guy must be on cloud nine after seeing little hope in March. Sorry for getting maudlin but I’m psyched for the dude.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I’m sure Phelps is pumped. New father and new starter for the New York Yankees in the span of about a month. Pretty awesome for him.

  • http://none Dick Cheney’s Kidney

    phelps = ace in waiting

    • Preston

      I’d settle for adequacy. Something we haven’t gotten from Garcia or Hughes. If he can have a mid 4 era and 5.5 innings per start, we’ll win more of those games than not.

  • Pablo

    (first comment in a while!) Does this mean that Andy returns to take Phil’s spot?

    • CS Yankee

      Depends on how Phelps & Hughes outings go, I believe.

      A good Hughes start & a so-so from Phelps would likely lead to a Phelps demotion or Garcia DZfA.

      • CS Yankee

        Err, DFA, not DzfA…

        Unless, DZfA…designated Zombie for Assignment.

        • All Of The Above

          IETC.

        • Don’tcha Know?

          Haha. I like that. Essentially, that’s what Garcia is right now: a shell of his former self… A Zombie.

  • Plank

    How many hours until Garcia goes on the DL?

    • Scott

      If Hughes got DL’d for “dead arm” for laziness-induced arm weakening, how about a DL diagnosis of “fat and old” for Garcia?

  • the other “D.J” of the Yankees (formerly STONE COLD Austin Romine)

    Best of luck to Phelps.

  • jjyank

    I think we all saw this coming, but I approve. At this point, I have more faith in the young prospect than the older junkballing vet. I like Garcia, but his leash is at an end for now. Phelps as looked impressive at times, let’s see what he can do. KC should be a good way to break him in.

    • jsbrendog

      the only teams with higher ops than KC:

      yankees
      texas
      rays
      red sox
      cards
      rockies

      they are no pushover offensively.

  • John “Bradshaw” Layfield

    Good, hope they don’t pull the plug on him if he has one bad start. Give the kids a chance.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I foresee another unfortunate knife accident for Freddy

    • Tom Zig

      So says Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

  • qwerty

    Garcia is redundant with Pettitte coming back.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Does Phelps have his own IPK abbreviation? I think his stuff is somewhat similar.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      “SoK” or Son of Ken

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  • Ramon

    Phil Hughes …..NEXT!!!

  • http://bLEACHERREPORT JRM’

    So, the guy that went “eenie-meenie” on Garcia vs Colon. Is he the same genius who thought getting rid of Montero…..for someone with the worst second half of 2011, was a good deal?
    Betcha The Boss is calling that Yankee Doodle something a lot worse than “Macaroni”