Freddy Garcia Gets Shelled Again, Time for the Yankees to Make a Change

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIApril 21, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16:  Freddy Garcia #36 of the New York Yankees reacts after giving up a home run against Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins  during their game on April 16, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees' right-hander Freddy Garcia was shelled yet again in Saturday's game against the Red Sox, allowing five runs on seven hits in just 1.2 innings of work.

On the season, Garcia has allowed 14 runs in 12 innings—that equates to a 9.75 ERA.

Both he and Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75 ERA) have struggled mightily this season, and it may not be long before one or both of the starters are replaced in the rotation.

Hughes has been slightly more reliable than the 35-year-old Garcia, so I expect him to be given a longer leash.

Jack Curry of the YES Network opines that the Yankees could potentially skip Garcia' on Thursday, as that is a scheduled off day for the team. His next scheduled outing would then come May 1, but the Yankees may opt to give that start to somebody else.

Quite frankly, I agree.

The Yankees would be smart to give rookie David Phelps the opportunity to start in his place.

I recently wrote an article about Phelps possibly replacing Hughes in the rotation but, given Garcia's recent struggles, it may be more beneficial for the Yankees to remove Garcia.

Prior to Saturday's shaky outing against the Red Sox, Phelps owned a 1.08 ERA through 8.1 innings of work.

That's just one run.

That run was a home run off the bat of Vernon Wells.

Oh yeah, that was also the only hit off of him until Saturday's contest.

The Yankees would be smart to consider making the move, as it really couldn't make things any worse.