Hughes questionable for Wednesday’s start
Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes continues to feel effects of back spasms and is considered questionable to make a start in Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Rays.
After consulting with head athletic trainer Gene Monahan, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was unsure if Hughes would start the first game of a day-night twinbill as originally announced.
“I’m not sure if he can make his start (Wednesday),” Girardi said. “That’s the report. I’m still going to have a little hope that he can. We’ll see how he feels in the morning and then we’ll go from there.”
The Yankees plan to start left-hander CC Sabathia in the second game. Hughes felt the spasms during a bullpen in Toronto on Friday, pushing back a start that had been set for Monday against the Twins.
Girardi would not discuss his alternate options if Hughes were unavailable to start. He might have to ask Andrew Brackman or Dellin Betances to make their big league debuts to soak up innings.
“We’re just going to wait,” Girardi said. “If [Hughes] can’t start the first game, he can’t start. We’re going to figure it out.”