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Five questions with Christian Garcia

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We’ve seen Christian Garcia’s name mentioned a few times on this blog the past few days, and the first question with him is always the same. “How are you feeling?” There can be little doubt about the 24-year-old’s talent, but he’s been hurt year after year. How often does someone ask how he’s feeling? “About 20 times a day,” he said. “Every five minutes, from everybody.”


What has this process been like? You know the stuff is there to pitch, but something seems to always happen.
Garcia: Frustrating. If it isn’t the elbow, it’s the knee. The oblique. Something. But I think everything happens for a reason. Hopefully I find out what the reason is. I think with everything happening, it’s made be better physically and mentally.

How has your stuff come back from all of this?
Garcia: I have better control than I used to have. I think I’m more of a pitcher now than a thrower since all of those injuries. I didn’t have a changeup before, now it’s one of my best pitches… I incorporate the changeup a lot now. I have four things to play with. Before I had two. I had the four-seamer and the curveball, that’s it. I had zero changeup, zero sinker. Now I have the sinker and the changeup, so I have more to choose from in different situations.

Could you take me through the history of the injuries.
Garcia: Whew. Started off with the elbow. I had Tommy John. Then I had knee surgery. Pulled my oblique. Then I had elbow surgery again, I had it in June, this summer.

What do you differently to try to avoid the injuries?
Garcia: I do a lot more stuff for the shoulder, and more forearms, more running. I’m on a better program than I used to have. And also, not going out there, throwing the ball as hard as I can every time I touch a baseball. Now I’m a little more mature. You know you’re spots. After you throw your bullpen, the next day, take it easy. Don’t go out there throwing long toss, throwing the ball hard.

Does it feel good that you haven’t been forgotten through all this?
Garcia: Definitely. It’s awesome. Most people probably would have been forgotten. It definitely feels good that they haven’t forgotten, that they never gave up. It’s very nice.





36 Responses to “Five questions with Christian Garcia”

  1. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! February 26th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    It amazes me that Garcia is only 24. It seems so long ago that he was pitching in ST, and I really thought he was going to be huge for the Yankees. He really has had such a run of tough luck. Maybe his day is still yet to come. I hope so for his sake.

  2. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    It would be great to see that one healthy season in NY, just to see what he can do. He’s sort of this era’s Gil Patterson.

  3. MTU February 26th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Don’t know much about Garcia.

    Was he drafted out of HS ?

    What round ?

    Was he highly touted at the time of his selection ?

  4. BFARBS February 26th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    i have extra respect for guys like this. i’ve had a back injury (the same one justin morneau has, only more severe) thats kept me from playing baseball (im in high school) last year, this year, and basketball this year. i might not be able to play basketball next year as a result too. It’s great to see guys who don’t give up- it takes real mental toughness. you mautre as a player, and learn how to deal with things better. good job, christian

  5. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Yanks drafted him in the third round out of high school.

  6. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I refuse to give up on this kid.

  7. MTU February 26th, 2010 at 11:10 pm



  8. Bo Knows February 26th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    The US were outshot 44 – 18, saved by Miller. I wouldn’t talk about any kicking just yet. Canada is playing a very controled game. Slovakia couldn’t afford to give up the third goal. If they could stay close, anything can happen scenario plays.

  9. Bo Knows February 26th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Also, couldn’t get on here and not bring up the Big M and his end to end rushes. Senator Frank was something. Mahovlich, Howe and Delvechio set a line scoring record even though Alex couldn’t score. They finally banked one off his butt to break the schneid.

  10. stuckey February 26th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    As fans we all hope for the best for prospects and hope for a run of luck. Let’s all contemplate the great problem the Yankees would have if some of the young pitchers started coming up aces.

    Chamberlain and Hughes become solid members of the rotation. Garcia stays healthy. Brackman takes a leap forward. MCallister seems like he’s ready to pitch at the back of a rotation.

    Whattaya do next year?

    NOT pursue Lee, Webb (or Pettitte) and try to go with a young arm?

    Pursue one of the above, try to move Burnett (assuming a good year), go with a young arm?

    Go with an all-kid bullpen?

    Trade an arm for a low minors/high-ceiling SS, or an outfielder?

  11. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Ideally, the excess pitching could be traded to compensate for the dearth of young position players.

  12. YankeeRay February 26th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Wow 3-2

  13. blake February 26th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Canada may implode if they lose to Slovakia

  14. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    They had their chance to tie it and it goes wide.

  15. stuckey February 26th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Mariners attempting to move the needle in strength training.

    Me likey…


  16. jake February 26th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I’m a big fan of this kid. Best stuff of any pitcher in the Yanks’ minor league system. If he could only stay healthy. . .

  17. Bo Knows February 27th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Mariners attempting to move the needle in strength training.

    Me likey…

    It’s about time that baseball moved into the 21st century. Trust Zduriencik to come up with the program. This is not really new to baseball, it’s core strengthening. At one time there was no iron pumping because you became muscle bound, then the needle swung right around. Now it’s on the way back. Mantle and the boys did not pump iron.

  18. Buddy Biancalana February 27th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Interesting stuff in that article on the M’s, I noticed the 3 year exclusivity rights the M’s have wit that trainer too.

  19. Buddy Biancalana February 27th, 2010 at 12:01 am


  20. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    We’ll see if the Mariners have less injuries, especially arm injuries to pitchers.

  21. Bo Knows February 27th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Yep, instead of pumping iron, he’ll have them doing fingertip pushups for the wrists. Deja vous all over again.

    Never understood pumping iron in baseball. It goes against everything we were ever taught.

  22. Bo Knows February 27th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    We’ll see if the Mariners have less injuries, especially arm injuries to pitchers.


    I would be very surprised if they had more injuries. Lincecum is very flexible. Loose muscles. He reminds me of bowlers in cricket.

  23. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Just watched former Yankee # 1 draft pick Gerrit Cole pitch the UCLA Bruins to an easy 9-2 win over Vandy…..Cole lloked great, 8 k’s 5 , 2 runs , 4 hits , 2 walks in 5 innings….He’s 2-0 already this season……Man he brings it….Bruins 5-0 …Vandy’s Sonny Gray was hit hard and didn’t make in out of the 4th , but did whiff 6….Both are 1st rounders come June…Cole will be the nation’s top pitcher

  24. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I resent the heck out of Cole.

  25. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Nick in SF, His defection broke my heart…..I know I’ve mentioned this in the past, but last June I watched him pitching to Higishowa ( ? ) in the Orange County All-Star after both had been drafted by the Yanks….Higgy went yard to get Cole th win….Gerrit is an outstanding talent, we’ll never get him now…..The old man screwed Cashman’s people as he indicated that it was Gerrit’s dream to pitch for the Yanks……Turns out a few million dollars just didn’t make the dream come true…..

  26. Nick in SF February 27th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Very unfortunate turn of events with the Cole boy… who really knows if there was any bad faith involved or just immaturity and misfortune (for us).

    Did you cash in on USA hockey today? I slept through the whole thing… woke up briefly at about 10am and the next thing I knew it was after 2pm. Yikes.

    Early line has the Cal Bear at -6.5 tomorrow vs. ASU. I like the Bears to cover in this most important of games, Senior Day in Berkeley, a fond farewell for Randle, Robertson, Christopher, and Boykin. UCLA is -6 vs. Oregon, I like the Baby Bears as well.

  27. Frank Serpico February 27th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    God, I wish the season would just start and so people would have something to talk about.

  28. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Nick in SF…I hit the hockey game & I’m heavy on The Cal-Berkley Bears tomorrow… I always play the Briuns, but I’ll play them easy tomorrow as they have so many injuries…..I think the Bears are on the run to the Sweet 16 and maybe beyond….I still think they have top 10 talent even without the Aircraft carrier….Just watched the Apollo Yoko Ono’s DQ, his hand check didn’t cause the fall, but he hand his hand in the cookie jar, so see ya Ono…

  29. Nick in SF February 27th, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Health should preclude me from attending the game tomorrow (shouldn’t have gone last night, but it was worth it and the ticket was comped) but… a chance to see the Bears clinch the first conference title in 50 years… could be hard to resist…

  30. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Nick in SF, Day quill as need be, but you have to witness Bear history if at all possible…..Just sit in the back of the train by yourself …..Oh what I’d do for a Lefty O’Doull’s hot Pastrami on rye…Corned Beef is almost as good…..

  31. Nick in SF February 27th, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Pat M, I will have to make a judgement call in the morning, but I do hope to make it… I have long been a fan of Nate ‘N’ Als on Rodeo, but the “authentic rude Jewish waitress” surcharge is hefty.

  32. Failed prospect February 27th, 2010 at 5:20 am

    I’m sorry. I didn’t make the hopes you set for me. This is such for many prospects just like me who battle nagging injuries for periods of time at an age where injuries should be minimal. I am sorry all you prospect huggers failed to pick this up. My potential is much greater than this, but my injuries fail to live up it my true skills. I am sorry.

  33. Failed prospect February 27th, 2010 at 5:21 am

    My english and typing also fails.

  34. Doreen February 27th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Chad – thanks for this piece on Garcia. Seems like a tough kid, good attitude. You have to root for a guy like that, who instead of letting the injuries get him down or sidetrack him, seems to have used them as a reason to improve, get stronger. Fingers crossed for a healthy season for him.

  35. 78Yanks February 27th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Remember Steve Carlton and his legendary workouts for his arm in a vat of rice? I googled that and found a nice article about Clemens intense workouts with his conditioning coach (McNamee!) at Toronto from 1999. They mentioned the rice workout in the article.

  36. Odis Mickonis March 17th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I’m totally hooked on Sonny with a chance, GradyZora is my favorite on the show! Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed reading it!

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