In George We Trust
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Saturday, April 22, 2006
The quest for Christian Garcia
In keeping up with the goings-on of the farm system day-in day-out it's pretty easy to let someone get lost in the shuffle and not notice they're MIA. A comment from loyal reader Marcus yesterday said the following:

Where has Christian Garcia been this year so far? I haven't noticed any of his stats on your wrap ups, and wondered if he hasn't been pitching for some reason.

To which I replied:

Garcia hasn't thrown a pitch this year and I have no idea why. I did a quick google search but it came up empty - maybe it says something in the Prospect Handbook, but I don't have it with me. I'll look more into it later today, but I've got a test to study for.

So, where the heck has Garcia been? Plugging his name into shows him listed at High-A Tampa with a whole lotta zeros for stats (and not in a good way). A Pinstripes Plus search is essentially useless, as is one at the Yanks site and a swarm of google searches.

After spending way too much time surfing the infernet trying to find out what's up with Garcia, I stumbled across this post (dated April 5th) at, which yielded this info:

P Christian Garcia - Nursing strained oblique. Will be on mound in 2 weeks, and in Tampa's rotation in about 4-6 weeks
Strained obliques are a moderately serious injury for pitchers, so hopefully he'll take the proper amount of time to let it heal and get back on the mound sometime in the next 2-4 weeks for Tampa. That's all I've been able to come up with regarding Garcia, but if you have any more info I'd appreciate you sharing it with me via the comments section.

In other news, Octavio Dotel's rehab hit a snag:

Dotel felt soreness in his surgically repaired elbow after throwing an inning in an extended spring training game, Cashman said yesterday.

"It's nothing to get alarmed about," Cashman said. "His body is telling him let's back
off a little bit."

The Yankees have always hoped to have Dotel back in June, though the pitcher has been more optimistic. "We've said the summer," Cashman said. "He's got a lot to do before he can come to us."

Super, we get to enjoy Tanyon Sturtze that much longer.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (4-3 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Carlos Pena: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B - DH'ed
Melky Cabrera: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Kris Wilson: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K - called up from Trenton on Thursday
Colter Bean: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - not always pretty, but still effective
Scott Erickson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K - continues to dominate

Double-A Trenton (7-1 win over Connecticut, break up the Thunder, that's their second win of the year)
Justin Christian: 1 for 5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SB - tied for league lead in steals
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 4, 2 R, 2 K
Rudy Guillen: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Tommy Rojas: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
JT Stotts: 1 for 2, 2 RBI, 1 BB
TJ Beam: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - .084 ERA
JB Cox: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - 1-3 GB/FB ratio for groundball guy

High-A Tampa (6-4 loss to Clearwater)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP - .388 BA, why isn't he in Trenton yet?
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 E - .208 BA
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K - starting to get the Barry Bonds treatment? Nah...
Hector Made: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Zach Kroenke: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Jeff Marquez: 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (6-3 win over Kannapolis)
Austin Jackson: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jose Tabata: 0 for 4, 2 K - so, is it bad that he's spent a week straight at DH?
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 2 R - 16th round pick is looking like a steal
Jason Stephens: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

In case you were wondering, Short Season Staten Island kicks off their season on June 20th, as does the Rookie level GCL Yanks.
Blogger Amol said...
They're probably waiting for Gardner to hit a home run, or at least some more doubles. Hopefully, this won't take too long, since I really like him. He seems like he could be a Kenny Lofton kind of guy.

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