The Freddy & Robby report

Freddy Garcia threw a bullpen session on Thursday, and remains on track to start Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.

Garcia hasn't pitched since March 14, when he suffered a bruised hand. He is expected to throw between 50 and 65 pitches, according to manager Joe Girardi, as he continues to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

Girardi said Thursday that he likes what he's seen from Garcia so far this spring. The 35-year-old righty is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts, having given up four runs on nine hits in eight innings of work, with seven strikeouts and two walks.

"I think he’s thrown the ball great," Girardi said. "Very similar to what we saw last year."

As for reliever David Robertson, he will pitch in a simulated game on Friday morning, the latest step in his recovery from a sprained foot.