Yanks will remain on rotation, Garcia starts Saturday

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Following tonight’s game, Joe Girardi announced that the Yankees will remain on rotation and Freddy Garcia will start Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Ivan Nova will pitch Friday and CC Sabathia will pitch Sunday. The Yankees could have used Thursday’s off day to skip Garcia and delay his next start until next Monday against the Orioles. That’s what I would have done given how awful Freddy’s been, but whatever.


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  • Reggie C.

    The notebook strikes again!

    I guess Joe G expects the BaBip crushing Garcia to even out a tad. I think i’ll take the Prince and Cabrera to spearhead a 10 spot.

  • pistol pete

    It makes sense not to give up on Garcia yet. He’s a veteran who was very good most of last year. It’s really surprising he’s pitching so poorly and lost command. If Hughes implodes like he very well might having Freddy in the five hole after Andy returns is very possible. Freddy’s been pitching like crap but giving him another start still seems like the right thing to do.

    • blee

      agreed,, making sure freddy sucks now.. will make sure we dont revisit him later.. :)

      Cant wait for Pettite!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    In Yankeeland, once you get a spot in the starting rotation, the only way to lose it is to commit a murder…maybe.

  • Plank

    I would imagine Pineda isn’t close enough to return to start thinking about how to alter the rotation, regardless of what all his doctors decide.

    I still maintain Pettitte coming back is a long shot, but even if he stays on track, he isn’t close enough either to think about how to alter the rotation at the present time.

    Skipping Garcia makes sense, but letting him pitch so he can work out the kinks makes just as much sense.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      With the new wild card rules and Tampa being a pretty damn good team, the objective shoud be to win as many games as possible which in the instance should mean skipping over Freddy especially against a team like Detroit since he’s been just brutal this year.

      • mustang


      • Plank

        It’s entirely possible though, that letting him pitch rights the ship. It’s also important to remember the relief the Yankees are expecting in the form of Andy Pettitte and Pineda never arrives.

        Not saying you’re wrong, just saying that just because you want it to work like that doesn’t mean it will. Skipping Garcia may help the Yankees win more games in 2012, it could also cause the opposite.

        • Plank

          never arrives could never arrive

    • mustang

      “letting him pitch so he can work out the kinks makes just as much sense.”

      Kind of agree, but I would still skip him. He can work out the kinks in 10 days.

  • RetroRob

    Pineda to get second opinion.

    Darvish shuts down Yankees.

    Garcia to pitch again!



    • Plank

      Commenters here aren’t a monolith. Some people are like that. Most aren’t.

  • mustang

    I don’t understand why they don’t let Sabathia pitch Sat. on normal rest, Kuroda Sun. who has handled good hitting teams thus far and Garcia can face the light hitting O’s on Mon.

    What’s wrong with this plan?

    • mustang

      Correct if I’m wrong but didn’t Sabathia pitch awful with extra rest last year? The guy likes the ball every 5 days why even fuck with it to accommodated Garcia???

      Management is smart then me on this one because I’m completely lost on the logic.

      • mustang

        Correct me if..

      • Plank

        The 2008 Brewers say hi.

    • Fin

      I’m guessing the Yankees want to get Garcia as many starts as possible before Petite is ready. I think they want as much information as they can get on what to do with the pitching staff. Does petite replace Hughes or Garcia? Does Phelps replace one? Does Phelps get sent down? Its really too early to make any solid decisions and getting a few more starts under Hughes and Garcia’s belts before deciding is probably a good idea.

  • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Oh, good

  • Yankee Clipper

    Ohh my god, lets cross our fingers and pray…

    • Betty Lizard

      I’m forming a pagan prayer circle if anyone wants to join. Ther will be barbecue . . . .

  • pistol pete

    Great pitching by Kuroda tonight. If he pitches like that all year he’ll win fifteen.

  • DannyC

    i wonder if phelps will get a shot at the rotation some time during the season. pettite will take garcias spot next month but why not give phelps garcias spot till andy gets back

  • LiterallyFigurative

    I have no issue with letting Freddy start for the time being. It’s still April. Freddy needs to find his command.

    Obviously, Andy’s return will force a move. But I’m still good with letting the guys pitch for now.

    Phelps will be on standby.

  • Zach

    Oh good, I’m going to that game :-/