Christian Garcia released by Yankees
TRENTON — Christian Garcia may one day stem the tide of injuries that have derailed his career and pitch in the big leagues someday.
It just will not be with the Yankees.
Less than a month after undergoing a second “Tommy John’’ ligament replacement surgery on his troublesome right elbow, the Thunder’s opening night starter yesterday was given his unconditional release by the Yankees, who needed to make room on the 40-man roster for Australian right-hander Shane Lindsay.
Lindsay, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and optioned to Class-A Tampa.
The Yankees’ third round pick in 2004, Garcia, 24, has thrown only 90 innings since 2006 and was lifted after just 69 pitches and 5 2/3 innings against Erie April 8.
“I am sure he’s more frustrated than any of us,’’ Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman told me today. “This is a roster move for us. It does not mean his career is over. He’s worked hard and has been through a lot of stuff and I am sure he has some more fight left in him.’’
Scranton Times-Tribune beat writer Donnie Collins has posted some quality quotes from Yanks’ general manager Brian Cashman regarding Garcia.
Asked if it was a difficult decision to let Garcia go, Cashman barely blinked an eye.
“No, not really,” Cashman said. “I mean, he’s got a history of injury. He’s on his second Tommy John surgery now. When he declared himself as having Tommy John surgery a month ago, I knew that at some point, if I got in a roster crunch, he’d be released. It’s too bad, too. Tool-wise, he was one of our better-ability players. But physically, he couldn’t hold it together.”
That about sums it up boys and girls.
For more, be sure to check out Mike Ashmore’s exclusive text chat with Garcia here.