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Phil Hughes Out As Tuesday’s Starter For Yankees

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Phil Hughes came out of the bullpen to pitch the 10th inning in Sunday night’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, thinking that if he kept his pitch count low, he would still be able to start Tuesday’s home game against the Angels. Well apparently, he thought wrong.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media following the game that Phil Hughes was officially out of contention for starting Tuesday night’s opener in a 6-game homestand against the Angels and Rays. Hughes only threw 13 pitches in his relief effort Sunday night, but the problem is that not many of those pitches were good ones.

After his lackluster performance on Sunday night, Hughes spoke with the media and said:

“It is always disappointing when you are not able to start. I thought I made some good progress in my last start, so if I have to wait around that won’t be something that is fun to deal with. But, again, I don’t really make these calls or something like that.”

At around 2:00 this afternoon, the Yankees officially announced that the starting rotation for the Angels series will be as follows:

  • AJ Burnett will face Dan Haren on Tuesday night
  • Ivan Nova will pitch against Hisanori Takahashi on Wednesday
  • Bartolo Colon will take on Tyler Chatwood in the matinee on Thursday

It is assumed that CC Sabathia will start Friday against Tampa, which will give him an extra day of rest.

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