Garcia Working His Way Back

Missing the better part of two seasons with an array of injuries - including an abdominal strain, Tommy John surgery, and subsequent knee surgery - Christian Garcia was one of the more impressive pitchers in camp this past spring until a shoulder injury derailed his return. Currently working his way back in Extended Spring Training, it appears the right-hander is on the cusp of finally returning.

"It was weird," Christian Garcia said of his shoulder injury in Spring Training. "It wouldn't bother me when I threw and then all of the sudden from one day to the next it would start bothering me more.

"It then got to the point where it was bothering me a lot. In that last [Spring Training] game I threw, the game where I was supposed to go three innings but only went one inning, that one hurt a lot."

Immediately shut down for precautionary reasons at the time, MRI results came back negative prior to being diagnosed with bursitis on his rotator cuff.

"I was really hoping it was nothing serious," he said. "I had more than enough bumps in the road that I knew I could have taken another one, but it's kind of hard to go back to rehab. Things like that happen but I'm glad all it required was some rest."

Pulled from the remaining portion of Spring Training, Garcia, who was scheduled to begin the 2008 season in Extended Spring Training anyway, rested the shoulder for ten days before resuming with a revised throwing program.

He made his return to game action nearly ten days ago and he has already pitched in two Extended Spring Training games, tossing two innings apiece in each game.

"I feel great now, I feel real good," Garcia revealed. "I've been throwing really well. So far I've got four innings with eight or nine strikeouts, no walks, no hits, and no runs."

He last threw a pitch in a competitive game back on October 27, 2006 for the West Oahu CaneFires of the Hawaiian Winter League and now he can finally see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel in his latest return attempt.

"I can't wait to get out of here already," he admitted. "I'm going to be so excited. I just want to be on a team, be in that team atmosphere where we're like 'let's go out there and win' type of thing.

"I'm tired of bullpens and stuff like that. I want to go out there, compete, and try to win - that's the actual fun part of the game."

Scheduled to throw again on Wednesday afternoon in an Extended Spring Training game against the Phillies, the rough timetable has both he and the Yankees reevaluating things on May 17th.

"I'm throwing three to four innings [on Wednesday], 55 pitches, then I've got a start on Monday of 70 pitches and a start the following Saturday of 85 pitches, then I'm done, hopefully on May 17th. After that it's up to Mark Newman or Nardi [Contreras] to wherever I'm going," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was weird,\" Christian Garcia said of his shoulder injury in Spring Training. \"It wouldn't bother me when I threw and then all of the sudden from one day to the next it would start bothering me more.
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\r\n\"It then got to the point where it was bothering me a lot. In that last [Spring Training] game I threw, the game where I was supposed to go three innings but only went one inning, that one hurt a lot.\"
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\r\nImmediately shut down for precautionary reasons at the time, MRI results came back negative prior to being diagnosed with bursitis on his rotator cuff.
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\r\n\"I was really hoping it was nothing serious,\" he said. \"I had more than enough bumps in the road that I knew I could have taken another one, but it's kind of hard to go back to rehab. Things like that happen but I'm glad all it required was some rest.\"
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\r\nPulled from the remaining portion of Spring Training, Garcia, who was scheduled to begin the 2008 season in Extended Spring Training anyway, rested the shoulder for ten days before resuming with a revised throwing program.
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\r\nHe made his return to game action nearly ten days ago and he has already pitched in two Extended Spring Training games, tossing two innings apiece in each game.
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\r\n\"I feel great now, I feel real good,\" Garcia revealed. \"I've been throwing really well. So far I've got four innings with eight or nine strikeouts, no walks, no hits, and no runs.\"
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\r\nHe last threw a pitch in a competitive game back on October 27, 2006 for the West Oahu CaneFires of the Hawaiian Winter League and now he can finally see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel in his latest return attempt.
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\r\n\"I can't wait to get out of here already,\" he admitted. \"I'm going to be so excited. I just want to be on a team, be in that team atmosphere where we're like 'let's go out there and win' type of thing.
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\r\n\"I'm tired of bullpens and stuff like that. I want to go out there, compete, and try to win - that's the actual fun part of the game.\"
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\r\nScheduled to throw again on Wednesday afternoon in an Extended Spring Training game against the Phillies, the rough timetable has both he and the Yankees reevaluating things on May 17th.
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\r\n\"I'm throwing three to four innings [on Wednesday], 55 pitches, then I've got a start on Monday of 70 pitches and a start the following Saturday of 85 pitches, then I'm done, hopefully on May 17th. After that it's up to Mark Newman or Nardi [Contreras] to wherever I'm going,\" he concluded.
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