Brian Heyman here for Chad today at Yankee Stadium. So Phil Hughes is having his turn skipped. Dustin Moseley will start Sunday in Texas and Hughes will go again next Wednesday at Tampa Bay. It’s all about the innings limit. Hughes is at 155.1. The speculation all along has been a limit in the 170-175 range. So he’s hopeful that he will be able to make his final three starts after this. Hughes didn’t fight it when Joe Girardi told him.
“There was nothing I could say,” Hughes said. “It’s not worth the fight. They have a plan in mind.”
The last time this happened, Hughes came back and struggled in the next start. Since he has been a little off of late, he’s hopeful this break will help get him back into rhythm. Actually, he will also be available for an inning out of the pen his weekend. …
Girardi said Alfredo Aceves will not be back this season. He’s being evaluated by a doctor again for this back problem that has sidelined him since May. Girardi said Aceves didn’t feel good after his last rehab outing, and that surgery could be an option.
Girardi also said Damaso Marte probably won’t be back this season. The lefty was very useful out of the pen in the postseason last year. But his shoulder is still problematic. Marte hasn’t given up on October, but he said it’s some sort of a labrum issue and that he feels he’s just at 40 percent.
“It’s very hard for me,” Marte said. “I don’t know what I have in my shoulder. I feel sore.” …
Andy Pettitte is excited to get out and pitch tomorrow for Trenton vs. New Hamphire in Game 2 of the Eastern League playoffs. He’s still not sure if it will do another rehab start. He also isn’t sure if there will be any minor league games left for one, either. …
Girardi plans to mostly platoon Marcus Thames and Lance Berkman at DH. Berkman was originally down as the DH for this game, but then Girardi put him at first and made Mark Teixeira the DH.
Here’s the Orioles’ lineup:
1. Brian Roberts 2B
2. Nick Markakis RF
3. Ty Wigginton 1B
4. Luke Scott DH
5. Felix Pie LF
6. Adam Jones CF
7. Matt Wieters C
8. Cesar Izturis SS
9. Josh Bell 3B
Brad Bergesen P