Freddy Garcia has been removed from the rotation and moved to the bullpen. Hes not going on the DL, and the Yankees still have not announced a move to add D.J. Mitchell. My guess is that Cody Eppley will be optioned (UPDATE: Yankees just announced that Eppley has been optioned).
Also no official word on who will take Garcia’s spot in the rotation, but Joe Girardi acknowledged earlier today that David Phelps is the most obvious candidate.
Phelps said he hasn’t been told anything, but he’s been using all four pitches out of the bullpen and doesn’t think moving into the rotation will be all that different from pitching multiple innings out of the bullpen.
As you might expect, I’ve spent all morning standing around the clubhouse waiting for news on Garcia, so I’ll just add some quick pregame notes to this post.
• Garcia said he does not believe there’s anything physically wrong, he’s just not pitching very well. There’s nothing specific he wants to work on during his time in the bullpen. “I just try to feel right,” he said.
• During his pregame press conference — before anything had been announced involving Garcia — Girardi said Phelps is the top candidate to takeover a spot in the rotation. There’s been no official announcement saying Phelps is now a starter, but Girardi seemed to make it clear that Phelps would be the guy. We’ll probably hear something official after the game.
• A Yankees official said no roster move has been announced because the player involved hasn’t been informed. Eppley has pitched well, but I’m guessing he’ll be option strictly because he’s not going to be available for a while. That’s just the way these things work from time to time.
• Brett Gardner went to the cage to take swings for a second consecutive day. He said yesterday’s tee-and-toss session went fine, no problems with his elbow. “Step in the right direction,” he said.
• Chris Stewart is getting another start with CC Sabathia, but Girardi quickly dismissed the idea that Stewart is Sabathia’s personal catcher. Girardi said he likes to have his backup catchers stick with one or two guys, and it’s just worked out that Stewart’s starts have come with Sabathia. There’s not much difference between that and a personal catcher, but Girardi indicated that it’s more coincidence than anything.
• Mitchell found out about the call-up yesterday, before the big league game was even finished. Obviously the Yankees knew they would need another arm, but they didn’t settle on the actual move until this morning.
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