“I said on the first day of camp, if I lose the spot, it’s my fault,” [Freddy Garcia] said. “Hopefully at the end of spring training, I will earn that spot.”
“The fastball is pretty good right now,” said Garcia, who was clocked at 88 to 89 mph. “The changeup and split are good. Hopefully, I continue to pitch and win the spot. Last year in spring training, I wasn’t 100 percent. I couldn’t let it go, but this year is different.
“I came here realizing my arm feels really good. Right now it’s 100 percent and I am letting it go. Other springs, I had a spot in the rotation, but not here.”
He’s probably right too even if Joe Girardi doesn’t see it that way. It’s good to hear he feels so well. He isn’t the same pitcher since coming off of shoulder surgery, but he did have a halfway decent season last year and if he can improve upon that the Yankees have a decent back of the rotation guy.
Yesterday Garcia made his first spring appearance and it went just fine. He gave up two hits and needed some defensive help to escape some damage, but he did manage to throw two shutout innings, struck out one, and didn’t walk any. He’s a notoriously bad spring training pitcher, and spring stats don’t mean a whole lot anyway, but as long as he has his arm strength and competes every time he is likely to win the rotation spot. So in a way, he’s right, it is his spot to lose.