ARLINGTON -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced after Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Rangers that Freddy Garcia will start on Saturday against the Tigers in the Bronx, leaving CC Sabathia to start Sunday's game on an extra day of rest.
Girardi was debating whether to pitch Sabathia on four or five days' rest, and he ultimately decided against letting Garcia go too long without pitching. Garcia was shelled for five runs in 1 2/3 innings on Saturday by the Red Sox at Fenway Park, taking a no-decision after the Yankees rallied for a 15-9 victory.
"Each start has been somewhat different," Girardi said of Garcia, who has a 9.75 ERA through 13 innings and three starts. "He was up a little bit his last start and didn't really have the arm speed we're accustomed to seeing. Maybe these extra days will help him.
"He hasn't located his pitches like we're used to seeing, and his first two starts, he didn't really have his split, either. That's an important pitch for him."
Regardless, Pineda to seek second opinion
ARLINGTON -- The Yankees are waiting for a second opinion on right-hander Michael Pineda, who had a dye contrast MRI exam performed on his ailing right shoulder on Tuesday in New York.
Pineda was examined by Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad, but manager Joe Girardi said that Pineda's agent has requested that Mets team physician David Altchek also provide an opinion.
"When they found out he was going to New York, his agent requested that whatever happens, [they] want a second opinion," Girardi said. "Whatever that means, we should know more as time goes on."
Pineda has been on the disabled list, retroactive to March 31, with what the team termed right rotator cuff tendinitis. He cut short an extended spring outing on Saturday after just 15 pitches due to discomfort in his pitching shoulder.
Girardi said that the latest setback figures to knock Pineda out of action for at least another 3 1/2 weeks, regardless of what Altchek's diagnosis shows. There is a very real possibility that Pineda could be out longer, which Girardi called "disappointing."
"It's not what you want," Girardi said. "We thought we were going to get a power pitcher that pitched very well and we believed had a very huge upside. Right now, we don't have him, and right now, I can't tell you when we're going to get him back."
Yanks eyeing Pettitte's stamina after starts
ARLINGTON -- Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is scheduled to throw 80-85 pitches for the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Wednesday against the Erie SeaWolves.
Manager Joe Girardi said that he is curious to see how Pettitte, who will take the mound at 7:05 p.m. ET at Trenton's Waterfront Park, bounces back after the outing.
"Now, you're starting to get some higher pitch counts and you want to see how he's bouncing back," Girardi said. "At any point, does he need an extra day in between? It's possible. It's not unusual for us to give them an extra day in Spring Training, just because they get up higher."
Girardi said the Yankees want Pettitte, 39, to get to about 95 or 100 pitches before they would seriously consider promoting him to the big leagues. That suggests Pettitte could be one or two turns away, but Girardi shied away from that notion.
"I don't really want to put a number on it because then there's an expectation," Girardi said. "When he's ready, we'll get him."
Derek Jeter entered play on Tuesday with four games of at least three hits this season. Dating back to 1918, he is the 10th player to have at least four games with three or more hits through the Yankees' first 16 contests, and the first since Bernie Williams in 2003.
With two runs scored on Monday, Jeter tied and then passed Paul Molitor on the all-time list, and he now sits alone in 19th place. Jeter is 15 runs shy of tying Ted Williams for 18th.
Curtis Granderson had reached base safely in 15 straight games entering play on Tuesday after going hitless on Opening Day against the Rays.
On this date in 1917, Yankees left-hander George Mogridge pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history, a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Yankees won't have another lefty throw a no-hitter until Dave Righetti on July 4, 1983, against Boston.