Nova, Garcia Win Spots In Yankees Starting Rotation

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees completed their rotation Saturday, tabbing Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia as starters and putting Bartolo Colon in the bullpen.

Nova and Garcia will join CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes in the rotation, manager Joe Girardi said.

Nova went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 games, including seven starts for the Yankees last season. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five exhibition games, including four starts.

“We didn’t know what Nova was going to do,” Girardi said. “Obviously, we had expectations for Nova.”

Garcia had a 12-6 record in 2010 with the Chicago White Sox.

“The innings that Freddy has logged in, the wins last year,” Girardi said. “He stayed healthy all of last year.”

Garcia will be fifth in the rotation.

“Finally,” a smiling Garcia said. “Of course I’m happy. I’ve worked really hard this spring. We’ll go from here.”

Colon hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 2009 and earned his spot with an impressive spring training.

“Bartolo is a guy that we think can do a lot of things in our bullpen, or if needed, a spot start,” Girardi said. “Not asking him to throw 200 innings might be easier on him physically. But we just thought for this fit for right now, that’s where he was best and could be most productive.”

Colon was ill and not at the ballpark Saturday.

“He’s excited to be here,” Girardi said. “He’s happy. He was the wild card in all of this. I really didn’t have any expectations for Bartolo. I had no idea what to think he was going to do.”

Also, left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano will likely start the regular season on the disabled list due to left upper arm soreness. He will play catch Sunday.

“You’ll probably know by Tuesday,” Girardi said.

Luis Ayala and Romulo Sanchez are among those that could take Feliciano’s spot if needed.

Center fielder Curtis Granderson, out with muscle soreness on his right side, remains questionable for opening day. He hit off a tee, took part in a soft toss session, ran the bases and threw.

Granderson still feels a little tightness and knows time is running out for him to be ready for Thursday’s season-opener against Detroit.

“Everything was pretty good,” Granderson said. “Another step forward.”

  • Johnny V

    Watching Nova pitch last year i always knew he’s the real thing, And he will only get better with time. As per Garcia pitching over Colon I want to restate my view on that……. I would like to see a team like the Yankees try something different this year.

    A two headed starting pitcher called “Garcia/Colon” Thats right, two pitchers as the 5th pitcher. The way it works is you tell both pitchers the longest you will pitch no matter what is 4 innings (or 75 pitches which ever comes first). Now since the 5th innning pitcher is the one who gets the credit for the win. You rotate who starts the first 4 innings all season (alternating the starter every game). And lets say for instance starter #1 sucks say in the 2nd inning you bring in starter #2 then you go to your bullpen a little early no big deal. Never allowing one guy to go more than 4 innings. The advantages are obvious- both newbie pick up pitchers become the other half of the a pitching team. They support each other and make suggestions throughout the season coaching each other. Since they know they will not go beyond 75 pitches they are apt to leave more of their A GAME on the field each time they pitch not worrying about how their arms will hold up in 2 months. ( I think older pitchers often hold back knowing they aren’t in their prime anymore. So you keep the old arms strong all year never allowing fatigue to be a factor throughout the season. Try it Girardi ! Why the heck not? Why teams don’t try to do this sort of thing on regular basis with older pitchers who were good in their day (at one time) mystifies me. You got to be willing to try something different as long as its effective. I think with Pettiitte retiring it forces the Yankees to do this. Girardi has the opportunity to be a trend setter with this type of two headed pitcher scenerio. I think it has the potential to be a Two Headed Beast that chews many baseball bats to pieces!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live