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Phil Hughes to remain in Yankees’ rotation … for now

Aug 3, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

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As Craig noted this morning, Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes was magnificent Tuesday against the White Sox, hurling six scoreless innings before his start was halted due to a Chicago storm.

The dominant performance has earned Hughes at least one more week in the Yanks’ rotation.

Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger brings word that the 25-year-old has been OK’d to make his next scheduled start, Tuesday against the Angels. The Yankees haven’t decided what to do with 24-year-old Ivan Nova, who has also been sharp, and for a much longer stretch than Hughes. A six-man rotation may soon become a reality in the Bronx.

Hughes has displayed improved velocity on his fastball and the Yanks are likely hoping that he can suddenly round into his 2010 form. They hold a commanding seven-game lead in the American League Wild Card standings but the postseason rotation looks iffy beyond CC Sabathia (and maybe Bartolo Colon).

Nova will try to do some proving in Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. Then it’ll be Hughes’ turn Tuesday evening against second-place Anaheim. And so on, and so on.

  1. jimbo1949 - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Whatcha gonna do about AJ? That’s the pertinent question.

    • nixonotis - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:08 PM

      Ever seen Old Yeller?

      • mella21 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:52 AM


    • pisano - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      If you watched him tonight you could probably answer your own question. He was in the process of blowing a 13 to 1 lead. Joe had to pull him with one out in the fourth, seven runs in men on second and third. Thank God Corey Wade came in to get the final two outs of the inning, or I’ll guarantee if Joe would have left AJ in there those two runners and God knows how many more would have scored. There is no place in the rotation for him, they are stuck with him and that’s that. Mop up or long relief in total blowouts. There is really no place on that team for AJ.The best bet for the Yankees is to eat a bunch of his contract and ship him off to the National league. Maybe the Nationals will take him, they are always looking for a reclamation project.

      • mcchef - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM

        Couldn’t agree more with your assesment, although AJ cruised into the fifth, not the fourth. He finished after dominating for 4 1/3.

      • jimbo1949 - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:55 AM

        2 hits and a run in the 1st
        2 hits in the 2nd
        1 hit in the 3rd
        5 hits including a 3 run HR for 5 runs in the 4th
        Dominating? No way
        Cruisin’ on the Poseidon maybe

  2. hungryjack1 - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    AJ is headed for the pen, pig pen.

  3. seano21 - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    AJ makes me sick he’s signed through 2014 I believe I dont know how they’ll have any realistic chance of trading him after this year. He goes around throwing his pies when other guys step up someone should fill a pie with acid and shit and throw it in his face when this blowout is finally over.

    • pisano - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      We all feel your pain, the guy is totally f##ked. He was on his way to blowing the game tonight hadn’t Joe yanked him. Thank God he’s done in New York in 2013 and it can’t come soon enough.

      • pisano - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:59 AM

        mcchef… Thanks for the correction. He had me so pissed off that I couldn’t think or see straight. I only hope they can find someone that thinks they can straighten him out and take him off their hands, even if the Yankees have to eat alot of his contract it’s worth it.

  4. meyerwolf - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    Really, I don’t know what you guys expected from Burnett. Looks at his stats.
    2005, for Florida, he pitched 209 inn for a 3.44 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
    2006, for Toronto he picthed 135.2 inn for a 3.98 ERA and 1.30 WHIP
    2007,165.2 IP for 3.75 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, his standout season.
    2008, 221.1 IP for 4.07 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
    2009, his first year in the Bronx, 207 IP for a 4.04 ERA and 1.40 WHIP
    Last year, the year of suck, a 5.26 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.
    This year? 4.54 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.

    Basically, the guy had one above average season (2007) and one awful one (2010) Other than that, he’s a guy that will put up a 1.30 WHIP year in year out. Depending on his luck, his ERA will average between 4.00 and 4.50. Burnett is what he is: a mediocre pitcher, which is what he’s always been.

    It’s not his fault the Yankees paid him as much as they did. But really, his numbers this year were pretty much what should’ve been expected all along.

    • ditto65 - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:06 AM

      If he could just stop having that “one” inning of implosion every game…

      • themanchine - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

        If “IF” were a Spliff….

  5. 1943mrmojorsin1971 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Yankees overpaid dearly for this guy. I know most Jays fans could only laugh at the deal they gave him. He’s the most overrated pitcher in baseball, although that should probably be “was” now because nobody in their right mind would want him taking the ball in Game 1 of a regular season series let alone the playoffs

    • 1943mrmojorsin1971 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      talking about AJ, this was supposed to be a reply to those other comments

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