Hughes makes a triumphant return
Phil Hughes was dealing against the Tigers at Comerica Park, showcasing his best stuff in limiting them to two hits over six innings. He would have stayed in the game longer if not for that pesky little 10-run seventh inning, which rendered the rest of the night a laugher.
It was the shot in the arm the Yankees needed to snap their four-game slide and, now, it begs the question – can he stay the entire season? Obviously he will make his next turn on Sunday vs. the Angels and, with Chien-Ming Wang banished to Billy Connors’ care in Tampa, there’s no timetable when the Yankees would even have to consider a move.
But at some point, the Yankees could have six starters to fit into five slots. Hughes loves the adventures of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and the gang as much as anyone in the Yankees organization (go ahead, try to quiz him on Office trivia), but he also wouldn’t mind saying goodbye to Scranton for the rest of the 2009 season.
“If I pitch as well as I can, I think I have a good shot,” Hughes said. “Obviously, Wang has been a big part of this rotation for the last few years. When he gets straightened out, he’s going to be back to where he was. I guess it’s a good problem, to have six guys that are throwing the ball well. We’ll see what happens.”