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Phil Hughes scratched from today’s start with back spasms

Sep 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Phil Hughes was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Rays today, but he’s unavailable because of back spasms that have bothered him since last week.

Hector Noesi will get the Game 1 start instead, but he’s been used strictly as a reliever this season and is expected to throw just 50-60 pitches before Joe Girardi turns things over to the bullpen.

Hughes spent more than two months on the disabled list with what the Yankees called shoulder fatigue, but has pitched reasonably well since returning in early July with a 4.67 ERA and 42/20 K/BB ratio in 64 innings, including back-to-back Quality Starts.

  1. sdelmonte - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    That sound you heard is Red Sox fans groaning about Noesi vs Shields.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      I’m pretty sure they would be groaning with anything but Shields vs Sabathia.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    At least it’s not AJ. This may start a trend two 3 inning guys then the bullpen. Howya like them apples, TLR!

    • protectthishouse54 - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      How does this sound? A three man playoff rotation with the third “man” being Colon, Hughes, Garcia and Burnett. As soon as the player gives up 1 run, they get pulled. Like a game within the game.

      • presidentmiraflores - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM

        Whoa now, brother, we don’t need any 6-hour games, do we? People can barely stay awake when a game passes the 2:15 mark as it is.

  3. yankeesgameday - Sep 21, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    In all reality the playoff rotation has to be cc, nova, colon, garcia. Hughes and burnett should only be for emergencies if noesi isn’t available.

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