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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Garcia to bullpen


The Yankees have removed starter Freddy Garcia from the rotation and placed him in the bullpen. Garcia is 0-2 with a 12.51 ERA after yielding six runs in 1 2/3 innings Saturday and will become the team's long reliever. He's pitched out of the pen twice in his career.

The veteran said he's not surprised that he was yanked from the rotation considering how he has pitched. Garcia went 12-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 2011, which earned him a one-year, $4-million deal with the Yankees this offseason. He has regressed this season and struggled to give the team length and quality innings, often burning the bullpen with his short starts.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that long reliever David Phelps would be the likely candidate to move to the rotation if the Yankees made a move. Phelps has shined this year as the team's long man, giving the team length after short starts by Garcia and Phil Hughes.