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Garcia open to relief role

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.”

Whether the Yankees would be willing to put Garcia in the bullpen might be a different story. He’s made just one relief appearance in his career, and that was in 2000. If he’s not good enough to make the rotation, the Yankees might not want him in the pen.

While he’s not opposed to the bullpen, Garcia made it clear he will not go to Triple-A.

“If I don’t make the team, what am I supposed to do in Triple-A?” he said. “I’m 34 years old. I’ve been in the big leagues a long time. There’s nothing to go to Triple-A and prove. I make the team or not.”

In other bullpen news, three pitchers showed injury progress today.

Joba Chamberlain
Strained oblique
Threw a full bullpen this morning, giving maximum effort on the last few pitches. Chamberlain said the oblique never bothered him and he thinks he’ll be ready for a game in the next few days.

“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 Feliciano
Sore left triceps
Threw a light bullpen this morning — 15 or so pitches at about 80 percent effort — and reported no problems. He said the injury is “normal spring training tightness” and he has no doubt he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Probably one more bullpen, this one at 100 percent effort, then he’ll be back in a game.

“I don’t want to rush it and take a step back,” he said. “I’ve been pitching good. I have to get back on my rhythm and be fine again.”

Boone Logan
Back spasms
Yesterday Joe Girardi said Logan could miss four or five days, but Logan said it won’t be nearly that long. In fact, he’s scheduled to make tomorrow’s trip to Clearwater and Logan think he’ll pitch in the game. He had some extra time off to let his arm regain some strength, and while that worked, it might have upset his upper back.

“It was the regular spot where I get sore,” Logan said. “It was just like a knot, really. I think it was from not being in a game for 10 days or however long it was. The intensity of the game kind of triggered a little spasm by my shoulder blade… I feel fine.”

Associated Press photo of Garcia, head shot of Chamberlain




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