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Yankees officially call up Deivi García for Monday start against Orioles

The 21-year-old righty will make his 2021 debut in Baltimore.

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

This morning, the Yankees made a move that everyone saw coming: Deivi García is back in the Bronx. The team promoted the 21-year-old righty pitcher from the alternate site, and he will get the start for tonight’s game in Baltimore against the Orioles.

García was the Yankees’ most exciting rookie in 2020 and thanks to the weird classifications caused by the shortened season, he still has rookie eligibility. He pitched to a 4.98 ERA (an 85 ERA+) in six starts in 2020, though he had better marks in FIP (4.15), K/9 (8.7), and BB/9 (1.6). As Peter noted in his season preview post on García, there was a lot to be excited about from his 2020 that we can look forward to in 2021 — particularly the late life on his fastball.

García has pitched three games against the Phillies’ alternate site squad in April. Scranton RailRiders beat writer Conor Foley has a new recap of each:

So García should be able to pitch at least a few innings if all goes well, considering that he got up to 85 pitches during his last time out.

It’s also worth considering that since García is being used as a sixth starter, the Yankees are under no obligation to keep him in the rotation, especially since they have an off-day coming up a week from today. So don’t be surprised or consider it an indictment on his outing if the Yankees demote García after the game to bring in a fresh arm, like Michael King (who will be eligible to return tomorrow).

As a reminder, the Yankees already made the corresponding roster move for García since they demoted Nick Nelson after another dismal outing on Sunday afternoon. He’ll report to the alternate site and barring injury, he won’t be eligible to return for 10 days.