“When you don’t do your job, what are they supposed to do?” Garcia said late this morning, not long after the Yankees finalized their decision to demote him into the bullpen. “That’s what happened. They’re honest. I don’t pitch the way I was supposed to pitch. It’s reality.”
That reality became impossible to deny after four starts, during which the Yankees gave Garcia the benefit of the doubt after last year’s success and this spring’s impressive results. Back-to-back starts that ended in the second inning, though, were too much to ignore.
“Sometimes you can go and try to find a way to fix things down in the bullpen,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It happens for a lot of guys, so we’ll put him down there as a long man, and we’ll make sure he gets some work, and we’ll try to get him back to where he wants to be.”
To this point, Garcia hasn’t been where he wants to be — or where the Yankees need him to be — and he couldn’t argue with their decision to move him elsewhere.
“When you play here, you play in New York, they expect you to pitch good,” Garcia said. “It’s not like when you pitch somewhere else. We play to win here. We don’t play to develop a player. Everybody here knows how to play. They don’t wait for anybody to (play better). One day, they’ll be good? No. If you’re good, you’re good, you know? It’s not like they wait for you to be good. That’s not how it works here.”
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