New York Yankees: Freddy Garcia Needs to Be Designated for Assignment

Doug RushSenior Analyst IApril 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Freddy Garcia #36 of the New York Yankees reacts to the game action in the top of the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on April 28, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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It's time for the Yankees to make a change on the team.

I know it's only April, but Freddy Garcia needs to go, and needs to go now.

His last outing on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers is just another example of why he can't cut it for the Yankees in 2012.

On Saturday, 1.2 innings pitched, five hits, six runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Garcia's 2012 record goes to 0-2 and his ERA all the way up to 12.51

That just won't cut it. Not in New York. Not on any major league team, and really, not in the minor leagues either.

Garcia has yet to have one start where he lasted six innings and lately, every time he has pitched, he's getting chased out of the game so early, he's taxing the bullpen.

The American League has figured out Garcia in 2012. Garcia was able to fool hitters in 2011 with his deceptive breaking stuff, but not now.

When all of his pitches have little to no movement on them and are in hitters' happy zones, starts like the one against Detroit and Boston are bound to happen.

And enough is enough. It's time for the Yankees and Brian Cashman to designate Garcia for assignment and get him off the roster.

Garcia shouldn't go to the bullpen and be the long-reliever; that would basically be a waste of a roster spot for a young arm like Adam Warren, who could do that.

I know the Yankees are waiting until Andy Pettitte is at 100 percent strength to get called up, but for the mean time, Garcia's starts could just be given to David Phelps.

At this point in the season, Phelps has been a better overall pitcher than Garcia, and every time Garcia is on the mound, he's putting the Yankees in an early hole.

The Yankees cannot afford to have another repeat performance from Garcia like what they saw on Saturday afternoon.

Garcia's time in New York has come and it's time to send him packing as soon as possible.