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The Yankees are going push Phil Hughes back a day

Aug 30, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

UPDATE: The Yankees are pushing Hughes back a day and going with Andy Pettitte instead. Which, OK, if you think a day of rest will cure everything that ails Hughes.

4:16 PM: Phil Hughes last pitched on Monday and, after accounting for the Yankees off-day, would be scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Orioles. But not so fast:

Holding him out would be the acknowledgement that Hughes simply hasn’t been getting the job done. He has failed to complete six innings in six of his ten post-All-Star break starts. Heck, five of those didn’t even go five innings. In that time he has complied a 1-6 record with a 5.05 ERA and has given up 61 hits in 51 and two-thirds innings.

The Yankees might have been closer to playoff contention if half their roster wasn’t injured for the bulk of this season. But not punting a start most times Hughes took a turn would have been helpful too.

  1. basedrum777 - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Since he hasn’t pitched FOR the Yankees all year skipping him is a good idea…

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  2. pisano - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Better yet, send him home, he’s done enough damage.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    let’s push him back let’s say till October 30th. yup sounds good

  4. Kevin S. - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Two things – one, every game matters, but a game against the O’s matters somewhat more than a game against the White Sox. Andy Pettitte has been at least effective at times. Two – if the Yankees use whatever off days they have remaining to them to keep the other four guys going on regular rest and bumping Hughes back, that limits his exposure somewhat. Looking at the sked, I think they can eliminate one of his starts entirely and push another back to the season-ending Astros series.

    • dan1111 - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:50 AM

      Yeah, that was my thought, too. It’s not about “curing” Hughes, it’s about using him less.

  5. ctony1216 - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    The Yankees should give Kuroda a day off too. He looks fatigued lately. When Kuroda gave up all those runs early vs. Toronto, Girardi should have pulled him after a few innings so he could take the rest of the night off. He’s spent right now.

    As for Hughes, he needs a 2-seam fastball more than he needs a day off. But the Yankees need a day off from Hughes.

    It’s a shame Phelps got hurt, he would have given the Yankees a huge lift.

  6. surefooted1 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Even Phil recognizes that he has been ineffective by saying that he would pitch out of the bullpen. The problem? There is no one else to replace him. Vidal Nuno and Phelps are hurt.

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