There are 10 spring training days left on the schedule. The 11th day is an off day, and 12 days from now, the Yankees will open their regular season against the Rays. That’s not a lot of time — two more turns through the rotation — and by then, the team plans to have six starters narrowed down to five.
“I think we still need to see more,” Joe Girardi said yesterday. “I think everyone needs to see more, and we’ll continue to look at it. You’d like to be able to (choose a rotation), but we don’t have to rush into it so we’ll probably sit down and talk about it sometime next week as a group, but just continue to observe right now.”
This afternoon, Phil Hughes will make his next spring start in a minor league game. Up to this point, he’s been just as good as — if not better than — anyone else in the competition. His arm strength has returned, his offspeed pitches have been effective, and the results have been consistent. Hughes has been sharp, looking very much like a pitcher out to prove he deserves his spot back.
“I know what we’ll get from Phil Hughes if he’s healthy,” Brian Cashman said last week.
Does that mean Hughes has a leg up? Do the Yankees have a leader board already in mind?
“I could go back and forth right now,” Giradi said. “I really could, (and) we do because that’s what we see.”
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