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Yankees demote Phil Hughes to the bullpen

Sep 4, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Last week the Yankees sounded ready to dump Phil Hughes from the rotation following another poor start and sure enough the team announced that he’s been moved to the bullpen.

Initially the plan was to bump Hughes’ next scheduled start back, but manager Joe Girardi has decided to replace him in the rotation with David Huff, explaining to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: “It’s been [an] up-and-down year for Phil and Huff’s been throwing the ball well, and we are just going to make the change.”

Hughes has certainly earned the demotion by going 4-13 with a 4.86 ERA and 23 homers allowed in 26 starts and despite all the promise he once showed as a prospect he’s now 27 years old with a 4.72 career ERA as a starter. This season the Yankees are 10-16 when Hughes starts and 64-48 when he doesn’t.

Hughes has been very effective out of the bullpen in the past, but hasn’t been a reliever since 2009 and with free agency right around the corner the timing of the move is rough for him.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM


  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I have seen Huff pitch in relief of Hughes. It was rather obvious that Huff should have started the game instead of Hughes. In both of the games I watched Huff pitch against the Jays, he was very good.

    • cackalackyank - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      I agree Hughes needed to sit…but pitching against the Jays is not quite the same as pitching against Boston, Tampa, and Baltimore. (And no… this is not Dirty Harry in disguise.)

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        In case you missed it, the Jays won that series.

      • djpostl - Sep 5, 2013 at 5:32 AM


        In case you missed it they are still 3-13 this year versus the Yankees and a last place team.

        His assessment stands.

  3. pisano - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    This is so over due, no team would have put up with his ineptness for this long.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      How long did they let AJ drag them down like an anchor? I’m glad he figured himself out in Pittsburgh but goddamn.

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  7. bencrewe1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    They should have traded Hughes years ago when everyone wanted him and the Yanks would not trade him, instead they traded Scherzer,Marte, you know farm hands that could actually play

    • tuberippin - Sep 5, 2013 at 4:42 AM

      Austin Jackson, not Max Scherzer. Max Scherzer arrived in Detroit via the Diamondbacks, while the Yankees traded Jackson for Granderson.

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