Rotation spot gives Garcia some relief
“Thank you,” Garcia said. “Finally.”
A notoriously poor spring performer, Garcia knew he had to have a decent Grapefruit League to win a rotation spot. He wasn’t fantastic, posting a 5.93 ERA in 13 2/3 innings, but it was obviously good enough.
“I’ve been working really hard this spring to be here,” Garcia said. “They made a decision. I’m the No. 5 starter and we’ll go from there.”
Garcia came into camp battling with Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre and Bartolo Colon for a roster spot. Nova won the No. 4 job and Colon’s strong spring displaced Mitre, who was dealt to the Brewers on Friday for outfielder Chris Dickerson. Garcia said he couldn’t take anything for granted.
“You never know. I’m not the one making the decision,” Garcia said. “For me, I worked really hard. They’re looking for two guys to help them for the next six months. I think I can do that, so I think they made the right decision.”