ARLINGTON -- Freddy Garcia's troublesome outing against the Red Sox will not push him to the Yankees bullpen, as manager Joe Girardi said that the veteran right-hander "absolutely" will remain in the club's starting rotation.
The Yankees have not yet decided how to align their rotation beyond Friday, when Ivan Nova is scheduled to pitch against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium. They could pitch Garcia on Saturday or bring back ace CC Sabathia on his regular rest.
"We're not sure what we'll do, if we'll put Freddy there or bring CC back on his normal rest," Girardi said. "But Freddy's going to pitch again, if that's the question. Freddy's going to start again."
Garcia was shelled for five runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings by the Red Sox on Saturday, taking a no-decision as the Yankees rallied for 15 unanswered runs after the fifth inning to post a stunning 15-9 victory at Fenway Park.
With Andy Pettitte closing in on a return to the Majors, both Garcia (9.75 ERA in 12 innings) and Phil Hughes (6.75 ERA in 13 1/3 innings) should be considered on notice.
The Yankees have said that when Pettitte is ready -- he'll pitch on Wednesday for Double-A Trenton -- the five-time World Series winner is guaranteed a rotation spot.
"If I don't pitch the way I have to pitch, that's my problem," Garcia said on Saturday. "Whatever moves they have to do, they're doing it, no matter what. It's all about me.
"If I don't pitch good enough, that's my problem. I'm not thinking about who's coming back or they'll bring back. It's not my job to worry about it. My job to worry about is pitch good, that's all."