Nova, Garcia in rotation; Colon to bullpen
The Yankees have announced their pitching plans to start the season, naming Ivan Nova as the fourth starter and Freddy Garcia as the fifth. Bartolo Colon will work out of the bullpen in a long relief role.
Joe Girardi said that Garcia had been the favorite for a rotation spot all along over Colon, who had better numbers this spring but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009.
“We’d seen what [Garcia] had done last year,” Girardi said. “We actually thought he had a chance to get better.”
Colon has only pitched in relief three times in 328 big league games, but Girardi said he warms up quickly and should adapt well to the role previously filled by Sergio Mitre.
“We’ll make sure that we use him properly and don’t abuse him,” Girardi said. “We understand that this is something he really hasn’t done a lot of.”
The Yankees also figure to make at least one other call today. Eric Chavez can contractually demand to be released today if he’s not told he’s on the roster, but he’s had a great spring and seems to be a lock as a reserve corner infielder.