Freddy Garcia won 12 games last year. Bartolo Colon didn't pitch in 2010. Sergio Mitre seems as if he is viewed as a long reliever-spot starter. Andrew Brackman was scheduled to pitch for the first time on Tuesday.
So what does Garcia's nine-up and nine down performance on Tuesday against the Braves mean? It means we may be calling Garcia the fifth starter by the end of the spring. In fact, he may be the fourth starter if the Yankees want to alleviate the pressure on Ivan Nova.
Garcia said it is his job to lose. Although he historically hasn't pitched well in spring training. That has changed this year. He has five shutout innings under his belt. He hasn't won the job yet, but he continues to make his case.