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Ivan Nova in, Freddy Garcia out of Yankee rotation

Sep 12, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

Freddy Garcia Reuters

It’s back to mop-up duty for Freddy Garcia.

The Yankees’ 35-year-old right-hander, who was initially bounced from the rotation at the end of April, is returning to the pen now to make room for Ivan Nova.

Nova, who is recovering from rotator cuff inflammation, will face the Rays on Saturday. He last pitched on Aug. 21, when he gave up six runs in a loss to the White Sox.

Garcia has pitched a total of 17 2/3 innings in his last four starts, giving up 15 runs and 11 walks in the process. He’s 7-6 with a 5.19 ERA in 102 1/3 innings for the season.

The switch means that David Phelps will remain in the rotation, though perhaps only to make one more start. Phelps hadn’t been much better than Garcia of late, giving up eight runs in 8 2/3 innings in his two starts this month. Andy Pettitte‘s return next week should push Phelps back to the pen.

Barring any setbacks, the Yankees will have their ducks in a row for the final two weeks of the season. Of course, thoughts about who from the group of Pettitte, Phil Hughes, Nova and Garcia might be in line for postseason starts behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda have had to take a backseat to worrying about actually reaching the postseason.

  1. thatyankeedude - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Good

  2. xmatt0926x - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Every day Garcia wears a major league uniform is a modern day miracle. Everyone’s wondering what Clemens will do? Let him pitch for the Yankees. Seriously, can he be any worse than the likes of Freddy Garcia?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Clemens is GOD so lets get that out of the way, you dont say Freddy or anyone else when you are talking about GOD and when its your time i hope he doesnt even forgive you. Hell i know i wouldnt, end of story, goodnite a-clown!!

  3. pisano - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    He’s a four inning pitcher, and after that, God knows what will happen. Nova has to be an improvement.

  4. bozosforall - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Yankees getting healthy just in time for the playoffs.

    • nworca - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Jeter? Texeira? Let’s just hope the Over-the-Hill gang just fades away. Orioles, Rays, A’s or Angels will be much more fun to watch in the playoffs.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        and lets hope you can stop crying if thats even remotely possible. Doubt it J!!

      • bozosforall - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Let’s just hope that loser Yankee haters like you just drop dead.

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