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Freddy Garcia on leave

Freddy Garcia was pulled out of the game

Freddy Garcia was pulled out of the game in the second inning. (April 28, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Freddy Garcia was placed on bereavement leave after the death of his grandfather. To replace Garcia, who is headed to Venezuela to be with his family, the Yankees brought up former Met Ryota Igarashi, claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays May 29. “He’s a guy that can give you up to 50 pitches but he can also be a one-inning guy,” Girardi said. “He’s kind of a power guy, so he’s going to get an opportunity over the next few days.”

...Joba Chamberlain tweeted Thursday that he will throw a bullpen session Friday ... The Yankees will pay tribute to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the United States Armed Forces Saturday.

As part of the 12th annual Yankee Stadium Military Appreciation Ceremony, the Black Team of the U.S. Army Golden Knights will parachute into the Stadium.

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