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Freddy Garcia scratched from start after slicing finger

Aug 13, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

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Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia sliced his hand in a kitchen accident this weekend and has been scratched from Sunday’s series finale vs. the Rays. This according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

A.J. Burnett, who has allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings, will take the hill instead. He could lose his spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation if things continue to go poorly.

Garcia should be ready to return after just one week of rest. The 35-year-old veteran has registered a cool 3.16 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 81/37 K/BB ratio in 122 1/3 frames this season for the Wild Card-leading Yanks.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    This is the 18th thread today and three have been about the Yankees. This story is slightly more interesting than Scott Proctor, but there has beem many more interesting events going on in baseball today. If you want an all Yankees all the time site, the least you could do is mention Grandrson or Posada.

  2. dailyrev - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    These guys are friggin’ millionaires, all of them — they’re not supposed to do their own cooking (or fix their own gloves with scissors).

  3. uyf1950 - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Well the one bright spot in that announcement is that the Yankees will have to give Hughes at least 1 more start. And another good performance by Hughes should give Girardi and Cashman pause when they decide to send someone to the bullpen. After this afternoons performance by Hughes has has shown he is clearly well on his way to proving he deserves to stay in the starting rotation. There is absolutely no reason to relegate Hughes to the bullpen and leave AJ in the rotation. And if it takes yet another good start on Hughes’s part to finally convince the “powers to be” to leave him in the rotation then so be it.

    BTW, Burnett is now scheduled to pitch tomorrow (Sunday) the rubber game versus the Rays. Burnett could make the decision easier by pitching as he has. I will leave it to the fans here to interpret that last comment.

    One final comment about Hughes. Excluding that fiasco on July 22nd in 105 degree heat in Yankee stadium. Hughes has pitched 29 1/3 innings giving up just 9 ER for an ERA of 2.76 Seems pretty darn good to me. How many ER’s has Burnett given up in his last 29 innings? I can tell you a lot more.

    • pisano - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:44 PM

      Right on again partner, but from what I’m hearing it’s all about the money the Yankees spent on AJ. Win lose or draw they’re going to get their money out of him. What’s going to be interesting is when playoff time comes around if the Yankees will have AJ on the roster. I still say he’s a loss waiting to happen, but that being said I hope he makes me look bad tomorrow.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:04 AM

        The problem is the Yanks are going to need A.J. next year. They caught lightning in a bottle once with Colon and Garcia, but it’s asking too much to count on them for 2012 as well. Without A.J., their 2012 rotation is CC, Nova, Hughes, and two unknowns. Banuelos and Betances probably can’t be counted on to start until mid-season at the earliest, and you really don’t want to rely on multiple rookie pitchers if you plan on contending. Free agent starters look terrible unless the Cardinals lose Pujols and decide to nuke the team (unlikely to the extreme). If the Yanks feel that demoting A.J. now costs them his services as a starter in 2012, then they can’t do it.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        Theoretically, prying a starter away from the Dodgers could be an option as well if the McCourt situation drags out. Guesstimating $16 million in arb for Kemp, $13 MM for Ethier, $8 MM for Kershaw, $4 MM for Kuo and $1 MM for Gwynn, and assuming the Dodgers decline all other options/arbitration, they’d have $88 million committed to nine players, and would be running a payroll in the mid nineties even if they filled out the rest of their roster, including a significant number of starting positions, with minimum-salary players. Could definitely be an opportunity to poach.

  4. deepstblu - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Freddy got fingered?

    • henryd3rd - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:24 AM

      The fickle finger of fate does it again.

  5. yournuts - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    This is an opportunity for AJ to go out and pitch a good game and get a win in August. Were with you AJ, please focus, FOCUS.

    Speaking of Focus, did you like the game that Jorge Posada had yesterday? What was especially nice because it was with RISP, and a game changer. Way to go Jorge.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:28 PM

      AJ pitch a good game? thats the most ridiculous thing youve said yet

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