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Phil Hughes returns rested and ready

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Phil Hughes returns to the Yankees rotation tonight after having his previous start skipped in an effort to cut down on his innings.

Pros
“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.”

Cons
“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.”

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71 Responses to “Phil Hughes returns rested and ready”

  1. NYYROC June 29th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Huuuuuughes!!!

  2. SJ44 June 29th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I like the way they are protecting Hughes.

    Nothing is more crazy than the belief of some fans and media that “every game is important and a must win” for the Yankees.

    That kind if short range thinking has historically always hurt this franchise.

    Balancing long term and short term thinking properly is always the way to go.

    Regardless of the outcome of this game, the Yankees are wise to handle Hughes in this fashion.

  3. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I am less worried about Phil than Joe.

    Extra giddyup is a good thing. :)

  4. upstate kate June 29th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I have phaith in Phil…should be a great game

    MTU
    you have done a great job for Phil and Javy, your next challenge is AJ

  5. blake June 29th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    MTU,

    I saw none of the Rockies game but sounds like he was dominating and got a big league and started pitching to the scoreboard a little later in the game….which is fine, they won.

    I saw the first 6 innings of the Strasburg game. He was cruising and pretty dominant up until that point. I was gone when the Braves scored their runs so I’m not sure what happened there…I think he gets too cute with his offspeed stuff sometimes and I think he throws too many changeups at times. His change is a great pitch but I think people sometimes are able to hit it thinking its a fastball…just think it would be more effective if he threw it less. We have to remember that he’s just a baby still on the development curve…he’s pretty amazing to be as young and inexperienced as he is.

  6. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Kate-

    Good Karma works wonders.

    I am afraid AJ is best left to Mr. Eiland.

    And by the way, I am not overly worried about AJ. Once he gets his groove back people will love him all over again. And he will. :)

  7. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Blake-

    U-Jim and stras have astonishing arms.

    Stras was the victim of an unfortunate play by his SS. He should have gotten the DP and the very next batter flew out. he should have been out of the inning w/o damage. At one point he struck out 5 straight batters making them look sick in the process. The league is trying to adjust to him and he is gonna have to adjust back a little.
    It shouldn’t be a problem. he just needs to stay healthy.

    U-Jim has no hit stuff on any given day. I watched the Rockies feed and he was just sick for the first 5 innings. When a guy can paint with a 96-99 heat with movement it’s just unfair.

    :)

  8. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Joe West is umpiring the Seattle Yankee series.

    From the previous thread, righthanded, currently with a 21 game hitting streak and a FA, Jose Guillen, “could” be a cheap pickup for the Yankees, if it’s true the Royals eat most of the 6+ million left on his contract. Better option than Marcus Thames.

    Biggest concern, IMHO, is finding a reliable arm for the bullpen. Agree with GB7, that Brett Myers might be a good swingman option, especially with the uncertainty of Aceves being healthy enough to complete this season.

    Apparently Adam Dunn is being shopped and the White SoX are interested now that they’re back in the race.

  9. Chip June 29th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I certainly prefer the way the Yankees are handling Hughes this year to the way they handled Joba last year.

    MTU -

    I would pass on Guillen…too much baggage.

    I would prefer one of these pairs: Nady & Theriot from Chicago or Blake & Carroll from the Dodgers.

  10. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Something tells me that Guillen is more of a Boston type pickup. Unless KC is giving him away just for salary, I can’t see them moving him. KC isn’t likely to want to pick up a bunch of money. That’s not their way. They’d rather just sign ridiculous contracts and then try unloading them. Just don’t see him fitting into the clubhouse, especially if he isn’t playing everyday.

  11. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Chip-

    Guillen definitely brings a footlocker with him. He could always hit though. We have a great clubhouse and even if we could get him I am not sure it makes sense to take the risk. ;)

  12. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Anyone find it strange that Marty Foster hasn’t been sighted in months? Hmmmm!! No CR9…no Marty Foster….could it be possible?

  13. ac1 June 29th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    BloggingBombers Think A-Rod’s home run chase will be celebrated? Think again. Here’s my first column from today’s Daily News

    ___

    Why can’t our writers just write about this team’s success, with the best record despite everything that has gone wrong early on? Why do they focus on a hypothetical situation that may not even come to pass if ARod’s HR power drops? The reason people arent all over this is because he hasnt even reached 600. Why would anyone start celebrating the homerun chase when he is still over 165 hr shy?

  14. J9d June 29th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Yankees are in great shape. First half is so much better than last year. Loving watching them.

  15. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    LA is in the middle of a race. Explain why they would trade their 3rd baseman and why Chicago would trade their 2nd baseman, who costs nothing? Nady is hitting under .240 with little power and a well below average defensive outfielder? What value does he have?

  16. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Chip-

    Off topic :

    If you like movies I can highly recommend 2. “The Road”, and “Shutter Island”. I though the latter was superb. :)

  17. ac1 June 29th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Joe West is umpiring the Seattle Yankee series.

    ___

    Why do they assign him to yankees or sox games? I guess for this game, lee and phil may keep the game moving. But he will hate the Burnett game if AJ keeps on this pace. Or maybe it will help as West will want to keep the game going and call more strikes out of the zone.

    I hope West gets a special Yankee Stadium welcome.

  18. Joe June 29th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I hope they get West a chair to sit down in because I’m not sure how his knees can take all that extra weight he carries. This is part of his problem. He is old, overweight, out of shape, and they expect him to ump a 9 inning game in that shape without getting a wee bit crabby?

  19. CR9 June 29th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Nope. Not possible!!!! :lol: Still basking in the glory of the 2010 Celtics!! And screwed over a Red Sox fan yesterday!! Could life get any better!!!

  20. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Joe West has value. He is replacing the “Goodyear Blimp”.

    Do I like ragging on him ?

    You bet I do !

    Does he deserve it ?

    Yup.

    Would baseball be better off if he were no longer around ?

    That’s easy so I won’t even bother answering that one. :)

  21. ac1 June 29th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    before i get attacked, i realize now AJ wouldnt be pitching this week anyway. Stupid on my end!

  22. Andrew June 29th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Joe West’s punishment for talking smack about speed of the game should be umpiring all starts Steve Trachsel makes in whatever slow-pitch softball beer league he’s currently participating in during his retirement.

  23. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Nobody gives a rat’s behind what Feinsand thinks or says. He’s as bad a “writer” as the rest of them on that rag.

  24. Ron June 29th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Joe West?s punishment for talking smack about speed of the game should be umpiring all starts Steve Trachsel makes in whatever slow-pitch softball beer league he?s currently participating in during his retirement
    ___________
    YEAH !

  25. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Andrew-

    Wrong. No more Smores, Moonpies, or Eskimo bars for life is more fitting.

  26. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Royals Pushing To Trade Jose Guillen
    By Tim Dierkes [June 28 at 1:56pm CST]
    The Royals are “really pushing to move Jose Guillen,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney, and “continue to tell teams they will eat a lot of dollars.” Guillen, the team’s designated hitter, has $6.39MM remaining on his contract.

    The 34-year-old Guillen sports a .282/.344/.470 line on the season, with strong April and June work sandwiching a rough May. Aside from his time at DH, he’s tallied 103 innings in right field.

    Which contenders could use a potential offensive boost? An American League club makes the most sense. The White Sox and Rays don’t have much at DH. The Yankees are another consideration. The Padres and Giants could be suitors, if they’d dare let Guillen play the outfield full-time again.

  27. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Guillen is not a yankee type hitter. Too much of a free swinger. Also he can’t play the field.

  28. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! June 29th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    The fact that they would let Joe West near a Yankees or BOS game is further proof of the incompetence of Selig and MLB. The guy is biased and shouldn’t be allowed to ump these games.

  29. Phil is the man, AJ is acting like a BOY June 29th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    These are good problems to have. Yankees have 3 very good starters ( Andy, CC and Phil ) and have to be careful with Phil to ensure he is healthy for many years to come. Javy is pitching AS GOOD as these 3, too ( Month of June 3-1, 3.00 ERA, CC was only one to do better with a 5-0, 2.19 ERA ) ! Then you have the BOY AJ: ( 0-5, 11.35 ERA for June ). Everyone knows that AJ can pitch well and maybe, just MAYBE, July will be a turnaround for him, but remember….he is basically our WORST PITCHER right now ! Cliff Lee would be huge to have, but REALLY, what do the Yankees do with their rotation if they get him ? Trade AJ ? Is that even possible ? Take the hot Javy out of the rotation and throw him into the ‘pen ? My best guess ( and that is all it is ) is that the Yankees get Lee for 2011 and roll with the staff they have right now. What they REALLY need is an 8th inning guy, because Joba ( overall 1-3, 5.29 ERA ) is NOT what we need as a setup man for Mo in the postseason, the way he has performed so far this year !

  30. Tom in N.j. June 29th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Adam Dunn is available. The ChiSox and Angels are in on him….

  31. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I doubt that West will be giving out any interviews.

  32. Chip June 29th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    MTU –

    I saw Shutter Island, fell asleep at a couple of points. Actually saw Knight and Day this weekend….not a classic by any stretch but good fun.

  33. Chip June 29th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2010 at 9:45 am
    Something tells me that Guillen is more of a Boston type pickup. Unless KC is giving him away just for salary, I can?t see them moving him. KC isn?t likely to want to pick up a bunch of money. That?s not their way. They?d rather just sign ridiculous contracts and then try unloading them. Just don?t see him fitting into the clubhouse, especially if he isn?t playing everyday.
    —————————————

    Why does Boston need a DH again?

  34. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Adam Dunn would be a good pick up. A better hitter than Guillen, and with monster power which would help revitalize the lineup. Could hit 7th inbetween posada and swisher if you bat granderson 2nd.

    His defense is as bad as guillen’s but for a DH he is a much better hitter.

  35. Nick in SF in Suisun City June 29th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Guillen is more of an SF Giants type hitter. A free swinger. Also he can’t play the field.

  36. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Chip-

    You must have been really tired if you nodded off during SI.

    Too busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm ?

    I loved SI. Reminded me of another one of my faves K-Pax.

    Enjoy visiting Vermont ! :)

  37. Bret the Hitman June 29th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Jose Guillen is certainly a better option than Austin Kearns.

    Still want DeJesus to DH/OF.

    .332 now.

    .880 OPS.

    6 mil option for 2011 is moveable.

    He is the missing Johhny Damon.

  38. Chip June 29th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    MTU -

    I just thought it was a bit slow in the middle.

    Yeah, heading up there this weekend for some beach time at the lake, and hopefully get away from this god awful heat.

  39. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Chip-

    I like New Hampshire better but it sure makes sense in the summer. ;)

    Have fun. Stay safe.

  40. GreenBeret7 June 29th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Nick in SF in Suisun City June 29th, 2010 at 10:13 am
    Guillen is more of an SF Giants type hitter. A free swinger. Also he can’t play the field.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Yes, but, unless he’s hiding something, he’s not a switch hitter.

  41. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    GB-

    “Yes, but, unless he’s hiding something, he’s not a switch hitter.”

    And I disagree with Nick. He certainly can play the field in SF. ;)

  42. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    The giants are loaded with switch hitters? (2)? Classic line, Nick.

  43. Chip June 29th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    MTU -

    Enjoy your weekend as well.

    In the meantime. What do you think about Blake and Carroll to the Yankees for a couple of minor leaguers?

    Blake would give the Yankees a RH DH with power who can also play all four corners and Carroll would be a nice upgrade from Ramiro Pena as a back up middle infielder.

  44. Chip June 29th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    Adam Dunn would be a good pick up. A better hitter than Guillen, and with monster power which would help revitalize the lineup. Could hit 7th inbetween posada and swisher if you bat granderson 2nd.

    His defense is as bad as guillen?s but for a DH he is a much better hitter.
    ————————–

    Adam Dunn taking aim at the short porch would be fun for Yankee fans.

  45. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Chip-

    I don’t think those guys are on the block.

  46. Chip June 29th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    MTU –

    Dodgers are looking to cut some salary and bring in pitching; maybe the two clubs could work some things out.

  47. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Chip-

    I don’t think they can. It was sure fun sticking it to them in that last game. :)

  48. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Blake and Carroll are on a wild card team that is chasing down their division leader, only 4 games back. They aren’t going to be traded and I’m not sure I’d want them.

  49. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Dodgers are looking to cut some salary and bring in pitching; maybe the two clubs could work some things out.

    Blake makes 6 mil and is a starter, Carroll only makes 1 mil.

  50. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Can’t a platoon of Thames/Curtis get it done at DH ?

  51. Joe from Long Island June 29th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    MTU – I had the same thought yesterday. With Lee going today, though, I don’t know that Curtis, a lefty hitter, will start despite Brett’s forearm injury. If Brett can’t go, might be Huffman – lucky him.

  52. Billy D June 29th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    “Dodgers are looking to cut some salary and bring in pitching; maybe the two clubs could work some things out.”

    They’re in the race, Chip. Think they’re looking to cut salary at the expense of alienating their fans? Maybe a month from now they’re out of it, but right now they’re very much in it.

  53. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Can?t a platoon of Thames/Curtis get it done at DH ?

    Probably not consistently. You want to trust an injured guy and a rookie at the Dh spot for 100 games?

  54. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Thames last 11 games before being injured: .050 .174 .050 .224

    Thames in May: .222 .373 .311 .684

    Thames in May/June: .186 .324 .254 .579

    he was helped out by his hot start, but he basically didn’t hit and didn’t hit for power.

  55. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    And not hitting for power makes Thames expendable.

  56. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Joe-

    If I had to choose I would really like to reinforce the BP. Aceves is not likely to be reliable with his back. I don’t think we have a solid EIG. Would have loved to have gotten someone like Putz. Ain’t happening now with the Sox back in it.

    Would love to have our staff and a lockdown backend.

    A-rod, Tex, and grandy are going to pick up their games bigtime in the 2nd half.

    Cash will take care of buisness.

  57. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    jerkface-

    OK. Who would you like to see cash get ?

  58. Joe Simas June 29th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    JoeG called handling of Joba last season “smart”. How did that turn out? Do what you want w/ Phil; however, cut the self congratulation–too “smart” by half JoeG.

  59. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    OK. Who would you like to see cash get ?

    Dunn if he is available. I’d trade someone good to get Choo from Cleveland. Willingham from the Nats. Cody Ross, Dan uggla from FLA. Cory Hart. Berkman is picking it up a bit in Hou. Maybe we snag Adam Laroche from Ari.

  60. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Jerkface-

    Those are good gets but I think you are aiming higher than Cash.

    JMO. :)

  61. Tom in N.j. June 29th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I think the Yankees are going to get a bat before it’s all said and done.

  62. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Tom-

    I’d love to see it but I am not convinced Cash is gonna pull the trigger on any significant talent.

    I’m usually wrong though so maybe he will. :)

  63. Jerkface June 29th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Those are good gets but I think you are aiming higher than Cash.

    Definite possibility. But if the yankees are not convinced NJ is coming back, they need a solid DH. Not a platoon. I’d try Miranda again at DH.

  64. MTU (aka GBURL) June 29th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Out for a while. Back later.

  65. this space for rent June 29th, 2010 at 11:20 am

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  66. Eld from the UK June 29th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    # CR9 June 29th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Nope. Not possible!!!! :lol: Still basking in the glory of the 2010 Celtics!! And screwed over a Red Sox fan yesterday!! Could life get any better!!!

    ——

    I can’t even begin to get my head around what’s wrong with you… Jesus christ man.
    You are literally a fanatic.

  67. pat June 29th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    BrianCostaWSJ Story No. 1, on the longevity of A-Rod, Jeter and Cano in the Yankees’ infield http://tinyurl.com/23np5qo

  68. don't shoot the messenger June 29th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    for those who care about this sort of thing: accuscore loves YMH vs. the M’s offense

    Yanks w/a 62% chance of victory

    the sims have Hughes going almost 7 innings & surrendering less than 2 runs

  69. pat June 29th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Twenty years ago, the Chicago Cubs had a young pitcher like Phil Hughes.

    Like Mr. Hughes, he was a first-round draft pick from Southern California. And like Mr. Hughes, he was a hard-throwing right-hander with seemingly boundless potential, a future ace.

    His name was Mike Harkey…………….

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....TopStories

  70. Chris June 29th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    @pat: He apparently subsequently turned into the eggplant that ate Chicago.

  71. DOUG June 29th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I HOPE THE YANKEES BRASS IS HAPPY WITH THEMSELVES NOW. CAUSE THEY NOW HAVE SCREWED UP TWO YOUNG PITCHERS!!!

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