Freddy Garcia headed to DL?

Updated: August 18, 2011, 8:10 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Freddy Garcia is still not ready to pitch, and may be headed to the disabled list.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that his 34-year-old right-hander, who has won a surprising 10 games this season, was still suffering from the effects of a cut on his right index finger and has yet to throw his most effective pitch, his split-finger fastball, in bullpen sessions.

That put not only his tentatively scheduled start this weekend against the Minnesota Twins in jeopardy, it raised the possibility that the Yankees might place Garcia on the 15-day disabled list until he recovers.

"We're going to look at his finger again,'' Girardi said. "If he's able to throw his split (on Thursday), then we'll make a day when he can start.''

The Yankees are holding out hope that all will go well on Thursday and Garcia would be able to start either Saturday or Sunday in Minnesota. But the finger injury, which Garcia said he suffered in a kitchen mishap at his home sometime last week, has turned out to be more troublesome that originally believed.

Garcia threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, but threw only fastballs and sliders. The injury causes pain when he tries to throw his splitter, and Garcia has said he would not even try to pitch in a game without it.

Asked if the DL was a possibility for Garcia, Girardi said, "At this point, if he can't make his start Sunday you could definitely do that because it's been two weeks.''

Garcia last pitched on Aug. 7 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, holding Boston to one run in five innings in a game the Yankees ultimately lost, 3-2, in 10 innings.

The uncertainty over Garcia's health not only throws the Yankees' rotation for the weekend series in Minnesota into disarray -- if Garcia is unable to go, A.J. Burnett would start on Saturday and Ivan Nova on Sunday -- it also scuttles plans for the Yankees to option out a pitcher this weekend to make room for the expected return of Alex Rodriguez.

If Garcia winds up on the disabled list, the Yankees would not have to make a roster move to accommodate A-Rod. If it turns out he is able to pitch this weekend, the Yankees will likely send a reliever -- possibly Hector Noesi -- down to the minors this weekend.

The loss of Garcia would also hamper the Yankees the weekend of Aug. 27, when they must play a day-night doubleheader against the Orioles in Baltimore because of an early-season rainout.

"I feel like we have some guys who can go two and three innings,'' Girardi said. "You're going to need some distance out of your starters that weekend.''

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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