A starting pitcher in 327 of his 329 major league games, Freddy Garcia would prefer to remain in that spot with the Yankees this season.Not sure this means anything, besides that Freddy is saying all the right things. Then again, that's usually the case in early March. If Phil Hughes gets the 5th spot and craps the bed again, I don't think Freddy will be that OK rotting in the pen.
However, if manager Joe Girardi sends the 35-year-old right-hander to long relief, he won’t have to listen to a protest.
“I have never pitched in the bullpen, but I feel fine [with] whatever happens,’’ Garcia said after a two-inning stint in the Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field yesterday, when he allowed two runs and four hits. “I will be ready for anything. It’s the manager’s decision and I have to do my job and go from there.’’
Had Garcia known the Yankees were going to add two more starters to the mix would he have decided to go elsewhere?
“Not really, I like it here,’’ said Garcia.
Monday, March 5, 2012
From George A. King III: