Garcia, who won the No. 5 starter job during spring training, had already seen his turn pushed back by a day in order to keep CC Sabathia on his regular five-day schedule, leaving the Yankees' ace lined up for Sunday night against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Following Wednesday's rainout, manager Joe Girardi announced that A.J. Burnett would take his scheduled turn on Thursday against Minnesota, pushing Garcia's first start of the season all the way to April 15 against the Rangers.
"I have to wait for next week now," Garcia said. "It's disappointing, but that's the way it goes. They make a decision to put me in the bullpen tomorrow. The good thing is I feel good and the time, it will come."
Garcia beat out Bartolo Colon for the final spot in the rotation, as Girardi chose Garcia's recent track record over Colon's impressive spring. Asked Wednesday what he likes most about Garcia, Girardi was not short on compliments for the 34-year-old.
"The way he competes," Girardi said. "His ability to throw any pitch at any time, the movement on all of his pitches. Very seldom are you ever going to see anything straight. Freddy knows how to pitch. He was successful doing it last year and we're looking for him to be successful doing it this year."
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