The Yankees don’t necessarily need to see anything from Freddy Garcia this morning. They’re sending him to the minor league complex to start a game on an off day, but Garcia isn’t likely to show them anything new. At this point, Garcia simply needs to keep pitching, and the Yankees simply need to make a decision.
“I think we have a pretty good feel on what Freddy can do,” Joe Girardi said. “I said that we had a pretty good idea when he came into camp, just from watching him and seeing plenty of video of him and watching him compete. Now we’re getting to the point where we have to sit down and have a long meeting. Find that exact time to have a long meeting. There’s still some stuff we’ll look at, but they’ve put a pretty good body of work together, all of them. We have to sit down and find some time to have (the discussion).”
This final week of spring training will give the Yankees plenty of time to do that. They’re on the road only once more this spring. Today’s an offday and tomorrow’s a night game, providing a open window without much going on.
“You have your own opinions, you listen to other people’s opinions, and you make the best decision you can at that time,” Girardi said. “None of us can predict exactly what’s going to happen. One of those guys might go 32-0, but we don’t know that. So, without giving away what our thought process is and what my thought process is yet, until we all sit down and discuss it, I can’t really give you an answer.
“I know you’d love to have an answer, I understand that. Everyone wants to know, and I’m sure the players want to know too, but to be fair to everyone, you want to sit down and have that meeting, sit down and talk to the players, and then give you the decision.”