Yankees starter Freddy Garcia, who was hit on his pitching hand by a comebacker in his last appearance, is likely to miss his next start even after x-rays came back negative, according to George King and Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
“He is better, but I would have to say his next start is in question,” manager Joe Girardi said. “The swelling went down some, but there is still swelling in there. He has a pressure wrap on it to get the swelling out.”
Garcia isn’t expected to miss more than one start and may even just have this one pushed back a little bit rather than miss it altogether.
As for the the battle for a rotation spot, Garcia is expected to be the odd man even as this isn’t expected to have much of an affect on that race in one way or another. The Yankees know what they are going to get from Garcia and if he was healthy and ready to join the team on Opening Day than they wouldn’t hesitate to use him in the rotation if needed. That’s the way it was last spring training when he was named to the rotation over Bartolo Colon despite being out-pitched by him.
As of right now he is still on tract to be the long-man out of the bullpen.