TAMPA – With 20 years and only 11 games (six starts) over Double-A, Deivi Garcia is a long way to join the Yankees' starting rotation when the season starts, though there may be two openings and the pain due to Paxton's back surgery in Luis Severino's right forearm.
Garcia, a 5-foot-9, 163-pound right-hander who worked at Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A last year when he hit 165 Batters and gave up 96 hits in 111¹ / ₃ innings, threw live Strike training Thursday on the Steinbrenner field and was impressive.
"There are young poor people who show up and people you can dream of and get upset about," said manager Aaron Boone on Thursday. “Deivi is definitely one of those guys. I feel like he's in a good place right now. "
With Jordan Montgomery, who broke Luke Voit's racket during punch training, the favorite taking Paxton's seat, and the possibility that Severino isn't ready at the start of the season, the Yankees may need a second replacement in the rotation. And while Yankees brass is high on Garcia, he may not be ahead of Jonathan Loaisiga or Mike King.
As for Severino, the news that he has pain in his right forearm and is shut down for an indefinite period of time ends up somewhere between worry and worry.
Severino was injured in spring training a year ago and started three times in September and twice in the postseason. So far, the Yankees have received no return on the $ 40 million investment they made right-handed last spring.
Technically it's called "punching exercises," but it's more for the pitcher to increase arm strength. And so far, during the sessions, the pitchers have overpowered the thugs who barely got a lot of balls out of the infield.
YES. Happ is the likely starter for the first exhibition game on Saturday against the Blue Jays on the Steinbrenner Feld.