Freddy Garcia Has Leg Up on 4th Spot in Rotation

freddy garciaVia Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated:

Freddy Garcia has leg up for no. 4 starter spot but its wide open for no. 5.

This was a pretty safe assumption before Heyman reported it. Garcia may not be the pitcher he once was, but he pitched more innings in the majors than any of the other candidates for the Yankees’ open spots. So it makes sense that they would be more likely to go with him in the rotation.

Ivan Nova probably is the next most likely to win a rotation spot, but the Yankees could choose to use him as a reliever at first or send him back down to the minors for a little while. A lot of that depends on how well Bartolo Colon pitches though.

Sergio Mitre, and minor leaguers Hector Noesi, Andrew Brackman, and David Phelps are the other options at this point.

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