Saturday, March 19, 2011

Garcia Open to a Relief Role and a Few More Notes From Today

From Chad Jennings:
Just 24 hours after a series of injuries left some mild concerns about the state of the Yankees bullpen, the Yankees relievers came through with flying colors today. And Freddy Garcia said he wouldn’t be opposed to joining them.

“If I can pitch in the bullpen, I pitch in the bullpen,” Garcia said. “The goal is to make the team, but that’s not in my hands. Try to do my best. I don’t pitch the way I want to pitch (today), but that’s the way it is.”

If he doesn't make the rotation it might be a good idea to keep the guy around as some insurance. 

In other news:

- Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances were assigned to minor league camp.

- Joba Chamberlain threw a max effort bullpen session earlier today and said he felt no discomfort.
“I feel great, and I’d rather have this happen at this time instead of this time next week,” he said. “There would be no question (if it happened next week) that I wouldn’t be able to make the season. I want to head north with these guys.”
- Pedro Feiliciano threw a light BP session and is one more BP session away from returning to game action and says he'll be ready for opening day.

- Manny Banuelos will make an appearance on Monday following Bartolo Colon's start. This could be his final big league outing of the spring.

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