Phil Hughes returns to the Yankees rotation tonight after having his previous start skipped in an effort to cut down on his innings.
“I think the pros are that we’re being smart about this guy,” Joe Girardi said. “This is a guy we want in our rotation for a long time. I believe that he’s a top-tier starter, and it’s our job to make sure that we don’t overuse him this year.”
“He might be a little strong on Tuesday night,” Girardi said. “It might take him an inning or two to find it. Usually he comes out pretty quickly throwing strikes. It’s almost like that eighth-inning mentality in the first inning for him. That will be something that I’m thinking about. He did throw more bullpens in between, but it’s not the intensity of the game and it’s not as taxing as a game. Those are the things that you worry about.”