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Change of plans? Yankees to activate Phil Hughes, start him Saturday

Apr 5, 2013, 6:28 PM EST

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Phil Hughes was scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday after opening the season on the disabled list with a bulging disc in his back, but the Yankees announced after Friday’s game that he’ll be activated to start against the Tigers instead.

David Phelps will return to the pen to make room for Hughes in the rotation. Adam Warren presumably will be sent down.

It’s reasonable to suspect that this was the Yankees’ plan all along, and that they just stashed Hughes on the DL so that they could carry an extra reliever in the first four games of the season (players who start the season on the DL only have to stay there for five days, assuming they didn’t take part in any games the last 10 days of the spring).

Still, if that’s the case, the Yankees did cover their tracks really well. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News’, Hughes’ bags were already checked in for a flight to Newark when he got the word he was going to Detroit instead.

Hughes never got into a Grapefruit League game this spring after being diagnosed with the bulging disc in February. He went 16-13 with a 4.19 ERA for the Yankees last year.

  1. number42is1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    this will not end well..

    prediction: 3.2 inn 4ER 2 HR 2 BB 3 SO

    • cackalackyank - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      You left out the return to the DL, the 60 day DL.

    • ctony1216 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      This move is more about the bullpen — it allows Phelps to pitch out of the pen, where they really need him. The Yankees pen has been overworked and getting slammed, except for Mo, of course.

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Desperate times call for…Phil Hughes???

    It’s shaping up to be a LONG summer up in da Bronx!

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Hughes is the only move they have available at this time. April will certainly be a very long month in the Bronx.

      • dondada10 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        What’s going on with Michael Pineda?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        What’s going on with Michael Pineda?

        Based on a 3/25 report, he’s going to start throwing batting practice around second week of April. Still mid season at the earliest.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        The “entire year” is going to be long in toronto son, you really should worry about your own team cause they spent a lot of money and its not going to pay off!!!

      • cackalackyank - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        Agree about the long April. Don’t forget the long May, followed by the even longer June…

        Theoretically there should have been another option…Chen Min Wang. However since he is on a Minor League deal I think it would require other roster moves.

  3. dondada10 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Doom, quite frankly.

  4. banger60 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    King Kong could pitch and it would not matter, Yankees will not be at 500 at seasons end.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      They already have Joba.

  5. pisano - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Another ass whipping coming Sat., a long summer in the Bronx is ahead.

  6. 8man - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Yankees suck.

  7. badintent - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Nice to see all the Red Sock fans here on this post. And the Yankee bandwagon jumpers.Do you want me to post Buckey Dent’s homer to cheer you up ? Pathetic.Where are all the” I told you the Jays would dominate experts” ?Playing with their Rickey Romero blowup dolls ?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      you dont have to go back to 1978 to cheer up a Yankee fan

      • badintent - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:39 AM

        True. It was meant as shock treatment for Red Sox fans. After having Bobby V last year, they’re still in shock.

    • nbjays - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Or we could just show the 2004 ALCS… or, better yet, the 2012 ALCS. You know, the one where the Yankees dominated and broke the hearts of Tigers’ fans everywh-… oh wait…

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Your team’s been the toast of MLB for almost its entire existence, aside from a few lean periods in the ’60s and ’80s, and you want sympathy from us?

      No chance.

      Empires rise and fall…just accept that the current Yankee dynasty is coming to a close, and that your team will bounce back quicker than most due its extensive financial resources.

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