Everybody is scrambling to figure out what the Yankees rotation will be as manager Joe Girardi laid out the rotation for the final few days of spring. However, beyond CC Sabathia on Opening Day and Hiroki Kuroda pitching the day after, the entire thing is really wide open.
Freddy Garcia has been considered the odd man out for a little while now, but it really isn’t so certain. When asked by reporters, Garcia gave the company-man line – if it’s good for the team than I’ll go to the bullpen.
“If it’s good for the team, if I can help from the bullpen, I don’t have any problem,” Garcia told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “But I’ve always been a starter. … They don’t ask me (about the bullpen) yet, but I don’t really think about it. Right now, so far, I want to be a starter. I want to be in the rotation. If something happens, they change their minds, I don’t know.”
That doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement, but at least it’s good he’s willing to do what’s best for the team instead of demanding a trade or something.
Sabathia is starting Sunday and Kuroda is starting on Monday. After that Ivan Nova pitches Tuesday and Garcia on Wednesday. Phil Hughes and Michael Pineda will pitch on Monday and Wednesday respectively. Don’t read into this though as Hughes could still start the third game of the season and Pineda is still lined up to pitch in the fifth game of the season on regular rest.
The possibilities are open for everyone and Garcia is willing to go to the bullpen. Hopefully a good trade opportunity comes along for Garcia, he agrees to it, and all of this is settled with nobody going to the bullpen or the minors.