ARLINGTON -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced after Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Rangers that Freddy Garcia will start on Saturday against the Tigers in the Bronx, leaving CC Sabathia to start Sunday's game on an extra day of rest.
Girardi was debating whether to pitch Sabathia on four or five days' rest, and he ultimately decided against letting Garcia go too long without pitching. Garcia was shelled for five runs in 1 2/3 innings on Saturday by the Red Sox at Fenway Park, taking a no-decision after the Yankees rallied for a 15-9 victory.
"Each start has been somewhat different," Girardi said of Garcia, who has a 9.75 ERA through 13 innings and three starts. "He was up a little bit his last start and didn't really have the arm speed we're accustomed to seeing. Maybe these extra days will help him.
"He hasn't located his pitches like we're used to seeing, and his first two starts, he didn't really have his split, either. That's an important pitch for him."