Joe Torre just said the Yankees will start Phil Hughes against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Jeff Karstens will face the Red Sox on Friday followed by Kei Igawa and Chien-Ming Wang.
UPDATE: Hughes had been scheduled to start for Class AAA Scranton tomorrow. He instead threw in the bullpen today and will be in New York on Wednesday. They will activate him on Thursday.
“We’ll see,” said Torre when asked how long Hughes would stay with the club.
The team is off on Monday. So Hughes does not necessarily have to stay in the rotation.
At first glance, this appears to be a panic move. The Yankees spent all of spring training insisting that Hughes would not be called up until he was ready. Torre said the organization decided Hughes was the best choice to fill the need.
“It’s necessary for us but I don’t think it’s the wrong thing for him,” Torre said.
More to come.