Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he decided to use Bartolo Colon in Game 1 of Sunday's day-night doubleheader to avoid making a roster move for the twin bill. Ivan Nova will start the nightcap.
"Freddy hasn't pitched in so long," Girardi said Sunday. "Instead of pitching him today, we can keep everyone here through the doubleheader today, as opposed to having to send a position player, or maybe a pitcher, down."
Garcia has been on the disabled list since Aug. 19, retroactive to Aug. 8, after he sliced his right index finger in a kitchen mishap. He is 10-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 21 games (20 starts).
The Yankees' rotation for the upcoming series against the Red Sox in Boston will thus have CC Sabathia on Tuesday, Phil Hughes on Wednesday and A.J. Burnett on Thursday.
"If we're going to win this division, we have to pitch better," Girardi said. "Right now, we've run into a little bump and that's not abnormal to go through during the course of the season. But we need to turn it around."