Freddy Garcia being demoted to Yankees bullpen

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 29 at 12:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling Yankees starter Freddy Garcia says he's going to the bullpen.

Garcia was shifted to a relief role Sunday, a day after he gave up six runs to the Detroit Tigers in 1 2-3 innings. The outing boosted his ERA to 12.51.

Manager Joe Girardi said rookie David Phelps is a likely candidate to make a start if a move was made. Phelps said he hasn't yet been told anything. Andy Pettitte will make a start for Class A Tampa and may need one or two more starts before he is ready join the rotation.

To help the taxed bullpen, the Yankees called up right-hander D.J. Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre and optioned Cody Eppley to their top minor league club. Eppley and Phelps each pitched three innings Saturday.

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