UPDATE: X-rays came back negative.
Freddy Garcia walked off the mound and into the clubhouse after taking a comebacker off his right hand in the fourth inning of this afternoon’s start.
Garcia tried to field the ball hit by Edwin Encarnacion and then immediately exited.
Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Garcia is headed for X-rays, but the Yankees are deeming them “precautionary.”
Between this and David Robertson hurting his foot falling down some stairs, it’s been a tough week for the Yankees pitching staff.
Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi took himself out of the running for the Reds’ and Rangers’ managerial openings. The “industry speculation” is that Girardi is waiting a year for a potential opening to manage the Cubs.
Current Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one more year left on his contract. While the Cubs have played quite well under his tenure, the front office and Maddon haven’t had any discussions about an extension, which means 2019 might be his final year with the club. Under Maddon’s leadership since 2015, the Cubs won the championship in 2016 and compiled a 387-261 (.597) record during the regular season.
Girardi, 54, spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Cubs and another three towards the end of his career. He managed the Marlins for one year in 2006, then managed the Yankees from 2008-17, leading them to a World Series in ’09 and an overall regular season record of 910-710 (.562).