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Finger healed, Freddy Garcia rejoins Yankees rotation

Freddy Garcia, Larry Rothschild

New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, right, talks to starting pitcher Freddy Garcia in the third inning of the Yankees’ 9-2 spring training baseball loss to the Minnesota Twins at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AP

Freddy Garcia never wanted to go on the disabled list in the first place after slicing his hand in a kitchen accident, but now he’s back and starting tonight against the Orioles.

Garcia ended up missing 20 days, although he would have rejoined the Yankees’ rotation over the weekend if not for Hurricane Irene.

Prior to the injury he’d been remarkably effective at age 34 and without a high-80s fastball, throwing 122 innings with a 3.16 ERA that’s his first sub-4.20 mark since way back in 2005.

He’ll need to continue pitching well down the stretch to convince the Yankees he can be trusted as part of the playoff rotation.