The Yankees keep it quiet
Before the game, the Yankees had very little to say about Phil Hughes’ status, and during the game, their bats went similarly silent after the first inning.
Let’s focus on pre-game. The Yankees’ blanket statements before the game regarding Phil Hughes were contentious at their worst, as Joe Girardi’s session grew ugly. Several times, Girardi said that Hughes was “is in the rotation right now,” and when pressed and asked if Hughes was expected to make his next turn, Girardi said, “That’s the plan. There’s no one else here.” At one point, he said, “I don’t want to get irritated, but do you want me to tell you when I’m hitting and running too?”
No, but it’d be nice to know for sure who is pitching on Sunday. The plan changed at around 6:30 p.m. ET, when Hughes was examined by Dr. Stuart Hershon and found to have a strained right oblique. The severity of the injury, only Hughes and the Yankees really know for sure (they’re calling it “mild”), but in the short-term this knocks Hughes out of the rotation for a while. Darrell Rasner will be on the way up to take Sunday’s start instead.
Hughes probably was going to need to go to Triple-A anyway to work things out, and maybe this saves him some face in that he isn’t being demoted per se, but instead headed down on a rehab assignment. Either way, the early results — for both Hughes and the Yankees – have not been particularly good. Ian Kennedy gets to try and make May a better month tonight.