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Yankees get Hughes back

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A year ago, the Yankees played 11 games before making their first regular-season roster move. The year before that, it was nine games. And the year before that, also nine games.

This year, they lasted four games.

Phil Hughes will be activated from the disabled list this afternoon. It’s one of those rare moments when a player coming off the DL earlier than expected isn’t necessarily good news. It’s not necessarily bad news – Hughes is healthy, was just expected to get one more tune up — but the move has more to do with an overworked pitching staff than overwhelmingly dominant pitcher. Might have been nice to see Hughes face some upper-level competition, but the Yankees would rather take a chance on him being ready than take a chance on their bullpen being depleted.

So Hughes will be in Detroit today, pitching in the same stadium where he threw his only nine-inning complete game; the same stadium where he has a career 2.78 ERA; the same stadium where a stiff back limited him to just three innings in last year’s ALCS.

Getting someone off the DL is better than putting someone on, so this would seem to be — finally — a step in the right direction for the Yankees. Maybe not under ideal circumstances, but the Yankees are adding someone they’ve been missing.

And as a bit of bonus weirdness for today’s game: There’s a solid chance Francisco Cervelli will be the backup infielder!

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68 Responses to “Yankees get Hughes back”

  1. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    You know the season is going well when I read this is the first time since 1968 a reliever has pitched four perfect innings against us, and then Bowden on MLB radio says yesterday’s game is what a first place team playing a last place team looks like.

    Could our top prospects also please hit a bit? I need some cause for optimism.

  2. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    There’s a solid chance Francisco Cervelli will be the backup infielder!
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    nice

  3. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    So far, CC not being the usual CC and Kuroda getting hit by a line drive has exposed the weakness of the back half of the bullpen. When CC and Kuroda are normal it can look a lot different.

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Donnie Collins had all kinds of praise last night for the play of Adams. Like I’ve been saying, I see no big risk in calling him up at some point and putting him on the hot corner. Guy is reliable over there. Either he or Mustelier needs to be brought up to help this offense.

  5. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I do not want to see Cervelli at SS. I doubt Nunez could play today. Stay healthy Nixy.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    More adventures with Stewie today. Can’t wait.

  7. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    all you need to know 25 runs in 4 games with this hitting team = no chance

  8. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Well it might help if they would use the few resources they have in the system. It’s all good: Adams will get a callup when he’s more seasoned, at age 36, perhaps.

  9. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    There is no reason to not start Cervelli at C. He would simply just switch to infield if necessary and Stewart would come in.

  10. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Joeman,

    But, they are scoring 3.3 runs/game, only half a run lower than the lowest team in the AL last year. Somehow this formula isn’t working.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    It’s almost unbearable to think, in our current state of Suck, that we have to endure a Fox broadcast. The vultures really will be circling the skies today.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    …of course, I always take advantage of the mute button, even for Michael Kay (unless Cone or Leiter are in the booth, then I’ll listen).

  13. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I never watch Fox games. They were intolerable when the Yankees were fielding their strongest team. It would be plain martyrdom to subject myself to them today….

  14. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    The mute button is a good compromise, J Al. :)

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Doreen, it was great pleasure in 2009 to listen to them have to capitulate. They sounded like dead men walking on the final out of the Series.

    I was at all the home games, but I never tired of watching MLB Network’s running of Game Six over and over again, getting to listen to them have to call the Yanks’ champs :D .

    So long ago…

  16. pat April 6th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Oh Bud.

    TJQuinnESPN
    MLB admits it was suing the wrong guy in Miami PED case. They were looking for drug source w similar name. http://m.espn.go.com/general/s.....rc=desktop

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    That’s hilarious!

    See you later, folks.

    GO YANKS GO YOUNG PHILIP (for the love of God, I can no longer bear losing to the Detroit Tigers).

  18. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    we all knew when the injuries started that this team had to pitch to win….well lets start pitching

  19. Mike Ri April 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I agree I too hate the Tigers !! … Lets win today !!

  20. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Great job MLB lawyers.

  21. Cashmoney April 6th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I don’t see any harm bring Adams up in a few days. Whether it’s Adams or Musty, I like to see either play 3b while Youk man 1st. Yanks has got to find out soon or later if either can play adequate defensively at that position and whether their sticks are an upgrade over Overbay. Overbay is all but done stick wise, he was a good contact hitter with gap power in his hay day.

  22. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I do wonder what the situation is with Mustelier. Bruised knees heal in a few days like all other bruises.

  23. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Oh, yes, the resigned calling of the Yankees winning the WS in 2009. Could they have been more enthusiastic???? ;)

    For Adams or anyone to come up, someone has to go down or go on th DL. Nuñez injury would have had to have been bad enough to DL him. Right now they’re just looking to get through one or two games tops.

  24. Cashmoney April 6th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Mac, i want to see if Adams has the lateral range and reaction time to play 3b after some pretty serious injuries. I think his stick is ready for MLB, still best suited at 2b.

  25. comnsnse April 6th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Folks, the Yankees are not throwing in the towel after four games although it’s apparent the have big problems……..which everyone already knew before the first game!

    Cashman& Girardi are or should be on the hot seat,less the mgr. than the man “in charge”.

    The time has come to reassess the formula of buying other teams stars within a system of salary caps, revenue sharing and all sorts of “leveling the playing field socialist nonsense………..for the owners and media benefit with the fans one way or another paying the freight!

    Will the Yankees adopt the approach of staying within the cap,possibly. But they have painted themselves into a corner by being successful ,with the commensurate increase in their asset values.

    I believe they will -play by the rules but with the Fox Sport’s involvement with YES must continue to spend, but more wisely.

    So as always my contention is Cashman and the minor league organization, scouts etc. have failed and are not the people to lead us back to the promised land!

    Encourage Cashman to increase his sky diving and rapelling interests and clean house!

  26. Cashmoney April 6th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    get rid of Overbay, Doreen. It’s like watch dead man walking. Yanks rather stick with over the hill veteran until they actually drop dead. I don’t care how smooth he looks at 1b. This team can’t score enough to carry a piece of walking dead wood around. What’s risk here?

  27. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Okay. Get rid of Overbay!

    ;)

  28. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    The Yankees clearly believe Overbay and his powerless and low average 1B stats re better than any corner infielder in the system. Sad, really.

  29. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    looking at that Reyes trade again….all those players ( which wasn’t much) just for Reyes looks like a steal for Tor

  30. Cashmoney April 6th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mac, that’s part that bugs me. I don’t need to be professional scout to see that. I am sure Yanks think it’s the best defensive configuration to put youk at 3b and Overbay at 1b and hope in a month that Tex will return. But why not give Adams a chance considering the sputtering of this offense which is wildly anticipated. Yeah you might face the a conundrum if Adams or Musty (when healthy) can’t handle 3b. but can we find out?

  31. RadioKev April 6th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    So suddenly it doesn’t seem that wild that the Orioles could win the division. That offense is on a roll. Chris Davis is in beast mode.

    Meanwhile, I think we’re going to have an interesting trade deadline…

  32. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I’m willing to give Overbay a little time, but what I don’t like is Nix at 3B vs lhp. Mustelier should get some play, and if not him, try Adams. Adams can cover 2B a little also, so that’s a plus. Nix is solid, but as a backup only.

    By the way, Mustelier is out with a bone bruise, not just a simple flesh bruise, last I heard.

  33. 4TrainNorth April 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hope Miggy’s bat doesn’t suddenly spring to life, bc then we may have no chance in Motown.

    PS – Thanks for the feedback on getting games on tv in RI. Got one of these Roku boxes, and am hoping to be streaming shortly. Spent 7 years in Nyc with the YES network, and now resigned to listening to Rem-dawg and Orsillo on nesn. Paradoxically, sometimes yankee wins are more enjoyable on nesn. The sweet sound of stfu.

  34. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I’d get Wells back in there today, his swing looks better, as does Youk’s. I want to see more. I’d probably give Ichiro a day off today and start Boesch again.

    Gardner CF
    Cano 2B
    Youk 3B
    Hafner DH
    Wells LF
    Boesch RF
    Overbay 1B
    Cervelli C
    Nix SS

  35. Cashmoney April 6th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    JS, I don’t harbor illusions that the upper level prospects in the Yankee inventory have star potentials. However, this is an opportunity imo to assess what you have in them, not only for the present which i believe can be an offensive upgrade but more importantly for the future. At worse, Adam if he proves he can swing the bat at ML level provides added depth off the bench when everyone is back. If Overbay continue to swing a noodle stick then in a few games Yanks need to seriously thinking about parting company with him.

  36. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Just give the younger players a chance. Are they really going to be worse than Overbay? Heck, they may even improve. What a concept– a player not on the downside.

  37. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    JS,

    I guess his absence makes more sense.

  38. DONNYBROOK April 6th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Yanks only have 1 Lefty\Logan in The Pen, and Girardi uses that lone bullet in the 5th inning? This shows Girardi has NO confidence in the Yankee offense what-so-ever. And starting Hughes Directly outta dry-dock vs Detroit, is a the kind of Desperate move that you would expect to see in Sept. The Yanks have played but 4 games, and from the FO right down to the Mgr, you got indivduals going Chicken Little, even though they dug this hole themselves. I ain’t even gonna get into the lack of forethought\depth regarding Cervelli currently being the back-up infielder. You stockpile a team with the cast offs from other MLB teams, and this is Exactly what you get.
    Nix showed yesterday that he has absolutely NO Range at SS. Positioning him is imperative.
    I’m still looking for that, “next face of the franchise”. Cano continues being more of a “face in the Crowd” on this current team. Obviously a Very good player, but Not “the next face of the franchise”, and Certainly NOT worthy of 7-10 yrs at $28+ Mill per at 31 yrs of age. NO WAY

  39. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Would like some kind of update on Mustelier though. I’m hoping there isn’t more serious bone damage that could keep him out a long time. Those railings should have been padded!

  40. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Cano just needs to stop Texing those outside pitches. He can hit beautifully to the opposite field, he just needs to do it.

  41. Deal With It April 6th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Would be nice to beat the Tigersa today cuz we get Verlander tomorrow.

  42. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Deal With It April 6th, 2013 at 10:43 am
    Would be nice to beat the Tigersa today cuz we get Verlander tomorrow.

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    the SP today for the Tigers would be a #1 on a lot of teams …

  43. Captain Clutch April 6th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    The Yanks have to give Musty or Adams a chance to play 3rd base. It’s really annoying that Musty wasn’t going to make the team even if he was healthy. Girardi and Cashman’s obsession with over the hill veterans over younger players is really ridiculous. Tex might not be back this year and they can’t have Overbay playing 1st for the rest of the year. But unfortunately they are too scared of a younger player and the potential upside that comes with it.

  44. Deal With It April 6th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    joeman April 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Will ring up lots of K’s for my Fantasy Team this season :)

  45. comnsnse April 6th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Wells is strictly a middle of the plate fastball hitter at this stage who will occasionally “walk into one”.

    Breaking balls outside he flails on because unlike Tori Hunter he refuses to hit to right unless he’s late on the #1.

    There are no saviors with this bandaid group nor apparently anyone really ready from our alleged prospect list.

    The Yankee less than brainy trust is hoping to get through this season with a minimum of PR damage and somehow retool for 2014.

    As for Cano, terrific player but if they have not learned their lesson from these absurd contracts that have them over 200mm. by now?

    Cano to a WS contender for 4 almost ready prospects.

    Personally I target the Cards with Taveras as the center piece with Rosenthal as well.

    No one should ever give a contract of more than 5 years. The Tigers will rue the day they gave Verlander a possible 8 and 200mm!

  46. Captain Clutch April 6th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Who knows what to expect out of Hughes today but I don’t like rushing him. The Yanks never have luck when they do bone headed things like this. Either he will give up 10 runs or most likely get hurt again. They should have just let Phelps start but send Warren down for a long reliever. Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite them.

  47. GregD April 6th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I don’t see the risk in letting Hughes pitch today…..no greater risk to injury than pitching in Trenton…….the worst that can happen is that he gets bombed………….it seems like they need two long men with the state of the entire staff as it is now…….it’s a good move in my opinion……

  48. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Deal With It April 6th, 2013 at 11:01 am
    joeman April 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Will ring up lots of K’s for my Fantasy Team this season
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    yea he will, unless you drafted a SP in 1st or 2nd rd he could be the best starter you will have

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 6th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    From a psychological viewpoint, I believe the chance of injury is greater pitching in Detroit, because Phil knows where the Yankee are and how much they want today’s game. In Trenton, it’s basic woodshedding, IMO.

    Now it doesn’t mean that Phil is going to get hurt in today’s game. But I do think there are differences in terms of the strain on the body and the effort put out. Maybe I’m wrong.

    **********

    A team with swagger can indeed be a dangerous team. While I don’t remember exactly when the last time is that the Yankees were a team with swagger, I do remember a season quite a while ago, whn Knoblauch was with the Yanks and he hadn’t yet developed the yips. That was a team with swagger. They went out every single day absolutely believing they were going to win, absolutely believing they could come back if they were down, even going into the last inning. And more often than not, they did win. And they did come back.

    I fear that Detroit is going to morph into a team with swagger, if they don’t already have it.

    A team with swagger. A team with swagger. My kingdom for a team with swagger.

  50. UnKnown April 6th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    No one said its going to be pretty, have to grind everyday and every game out the season.

  51. Cashmoney April 6th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    interesting read on Cardinals GM.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets.....bermetrics

  52. Tidrow April 6th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I don’t see any recent world series championship banners hanging in Comerica Park. I see a team that won a terrible division last year and got swept by the Giants in the world series with the so called greatest pitcher in baseball getting his butt handed to him in game 1. I would never consider Tigers a great team till they prove it with championships.

  53. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Tidrow April 6th, 2013 at 11:55 am
    I don’t see any recent world series championship banners hanging in Comerica Park. I see a team that won a terrible division last year and got swept by the Giants in the world series with the so called greatest pitcher in baseball getting his butt handed to him in game 1. I would never consider Tigers a great team till they prove it with championships.

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    they won’t win it this year either cause the Nats will

  54. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    going with Syr today but they better contain Mich speed, still going with Lou my pick before the Big East tourney to win it all..

  55. G. Love April 6th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    What Detroit does have that we no longer have are players who live up to the dollar value of their contract.

    Fielder, Cabrera, Verlander are all 20 million + men and all of them perform like that.

    We’re treated to the ghost of Mark Teixera who went from a 20 million dollar performer to a 6-7 million dollar performer after one season in pinstripes. He does not produce what his contract indicates it should.

    Arod is pretty much a lost cause. That’s just money down the drain going forward.

    CC is still our horse but could be on the downside at this point although I wouldn’t bank on that just yet.

    Point being, the Yankees are paying guys to be their 3-4 hitters who are both injured and when healthy shouldn’t be in the middle of anyone’s order anymore.

    That’s the problem and with a management not willing to go out and get impact players to mitigate the decline of those 2, this is the kind of team we’ll be treated to.

    Watching the Tigers reminded what it was like to watch our team play not too long ago. A strong circular lineup – the big boppers do their jobs when called upon.

    That hasn’t been the case here since 2009 which coincidentally is the last season Arod & Tex were great players.

  56. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    G. Love April 6th, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    What Detroit does have that we no longer have are players who live up to the dollar value of their contract.

    Fielder, Cabrera, Verlander are all 20 million + men and all of them perform like that.

    We’re treated to the ghost of Mark Teixera who went from a 20 million dollar performer to a 6-7 million dollar performer after one season in pinstripes. He does not produce what his contract indicates it should.

    Arod is pretty much a lost cause. That’s just money down the drain going forward.

    CC is still our horse but could be on the downside at this point although I wouldn’t bank on that just yet.

    Point being, the Yankees are paying guys to be their 3-4 hitters who are both injured and when healthy shouldn’t be in the middle of anyone’s order anymore.

    That’s the problem and with a management not willing to go out and get impact players to mitigate the decline of those 2, this is the kind of team we’ll be treated to.

    Watching the Tigers reminded what it was like to watch our team play not too long ago. A strong circular lineup – the big boppers do their jobs when called upon.

    That hasn’t been the case here since 2009 which coincidentally is the last season Arod & Tex were great players.

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    nice job……CC pitch a lot of innings for his age could it beginning to show? looks like it

  57. G. Love April 6th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    joeman,

    CC has a lot of miles, but I don’t count him out. I think he’ll adjust with diminished stuff like Andy had to and still remain effective.

    He’s not the problem as much as the fact we have almost 50 million tied up in 2 players that are maybe worth 15 million combined when they are “healthy” the way they’ve both been playing. Although I’m not being as fair to Arod as before Felix broke his hand last year he seemed to be starting to surge.

    And I’m not saying this because I’m mad Tex is injured. The version of Tex we’ve been treated to the last 3 seasons I can do without. A low average hitter who hits 30Hr’s has value, but shouldn’t be in the 3-4 hole.

    You go back 10-15 years ago and this version of Tex probably wouldn’t hit above 7 on this team. That shows you what a bust he’s been since having a strong campaign in 2009.

    Frankly, and I know I’m in the minority, I’d rather see Overbay/Youkilis at 1b or any other guy with decent splits against RHP since Tex only has value defensively and when he HR’s.

  58. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Cashmoney

    Thanks for the link. That was a refreshing read on how a GM operates. Mr. Arrogant should read it and take plenty of notes.

  59. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    why I’m against giving a milti year contract to a player closing in on 30 years of age, there are a few that will play solid throughout the contract but more often than not they don’t…I’m more for giving more $$$ than years…I’m a Owner/GM Cano isn’t getting a 6/7 year contract from me at soom to be 31 years old & now it’s to late to trade him….if he wants 4 for more $$ per year then OK

  60. yankee21 April 6th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Frankly, and I know I’m in the minority, I’d rather see Overbay/Youkilis at 1b or any other guy with decent splits against RHP since Tex only has value defensively and when he HR’s…

    Glove, you are not alone in that preference, I totally agree.

  61. hardwired7 April 6th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Someday we’ll read the headline ‘Yankees Waive Chris Stewart’. Someday…

  62. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    hardwired7 April 6th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    Someday we’ll read the headline ‘Yankees Waive Chris Stewart’. Someday…
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    should have signed Martin back

  63. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Martin signed a two year 17 mil….isn’t that what they are giving Wells….rather have Martin

  64. MaineYankee April 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    The Trenton game here in Portland has been cacelled because the field is frozen.

  65. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    MaineYankee April 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    The Trenton game here in Portland has been cacelled because the field is frozen.

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    is there still snow on the ground there ?

  66. randy l. April 6th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    maine yankee-

    i’m taking a 12 year old to his first little league practice of the year at 2 pm here in cape elizabeth.

    you saying i should have him wear an extra layer?

  67. randy l. April 6th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    joeman-

    looking out the window 10 miles from the ballpark in portland i can see snow under the trees still, though the yard has green grass.

    i told nick in sf a long time ago that hughes wasn’t ready his first year when they brought him up for an emergency start because the weather was so cold that pitchers were missing starts and innings pitched.

    nick in sf and some of our sabermetric buddies made a lot of “draft eskimo” jokes maimly because they had never played in cold weather and had no clue :)

    trust me as a new england kid. playing baseball in april hurts when it’s really cold. injuries happen that wouldn’t normally happen. baseball is a hot weather game ideally.

  68. Bo knows April 6th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    trust me as a new england kid. playing baseball in april hurts when it’s really cold. injuries happen that wouldn’t normally happen. baseball is a hot weather game ideally.

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    QFT


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