The New York Yankees have shut down pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre for at least a couple of days as both apparently have soreness in their left sides.
Manager Joe Girardi said that both pitchers could return to action later this week. The short setback is particularly unfortunate for Mitre, who had been scheduled to pitch Monday night against Boston as he tries to earn a spot in the Yankees starting rotation.
Veteran starting pitcher Freddy Garcia had his roughest outing of the spring over the weekend, allowing four runs in 2.2 innings. Garcia, who won 12 games for the Chicago White Sox a season ago, did not seem worried.
“I didn’t pitch the way I wanted to pitch; there’s nothing I can do,” Garcia said. "I know I have to pitch good to try to win a spot, but it was one of those days. I have to forget about it, come back tomorrow and try to do my job in my next start – pitch better.
“I have to move on,” Garcia said. “What can I do about pitching bad today? I have to take it out of my mind, try to focus on my next game. What happened today, that’s today. You have to put it in the past and think about the future, what’s next.”