Brian Cashman said last week that Phil Hughes was around only as long as Mike Mussina was on the DL. That got changed today. The kid is here to stay as long as he pitches well.
Based on what’s going on tonight, that will be 10 years or so.
Cashman said that Hughes will develop in the big leagues by learning from the veterans. Joe Torre and Ron Guidry have been informed of his limitations in terms of innings and will adhere to them.
Hopefully, for the sake of the kid, it all works out well. But history tells us the Yankees are taking a chance if Hughes goes over 180 innings this season. What has happened to Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Francisco Liriano and Felix Hernandez isn’t coincidence.
Take tonight, for instance. Do you leave him in for nine if this continues and let him throw 120 pitches? Or do you pull him after seven in favor of keeping him out of Dr. Andrews’ waiting room?