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Phil Hughes is healthy, available out of Yankees’ bullpen

Oct 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Phil Hughes‘ back stiffness was bad enough to force him out his Game 3 start after just three innings, but the right-hander now feels good enough that he could be available out of the Yankees’ bullpen tonight.

Hughes told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that he could have remained in the game beyond three innings Tuesday, but manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild both felt that his delivery was out of whack and his breaking pitches weren’t effective.

Whether one day off is enough to fix those issues and whether Girardi and Rothschild would trust Hughes in a key late-inning spot is unclear, but if the Yankees need an extra arm out of the bullpen he might be a factor.

  1. nothing25 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Good job the game was postponed due to “inclement weather” and “to protect the integrity of the game”

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