Inside the New York Yankees clubhouse with MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch.
Quick hits: Hughes ready for relief work
It sounds like the Yankees would like to get Phil Hughes in tonight as a reliever, and then pitch him on Wednesday as well. Joe Girardi said that Hughes “just wants to help, and I love that attitude.” It’s unknown if Hughes would be able to pitch on back-to-back days in the playoffs, but he’s not going to be disrupting the current bullpen alignment – Girardi said the pecking order is safe.
In addition to A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia, Girardi said he hasn’t ruled out Bartolo Colon to make a potential playoff start. He wants to see Colon’s last outing of the season.
Wednesday’s starter is still TBA, and it could wind up being a bullpen day, with the more inexperienced pitchers getting work. Girardi said not having two off days before the playoff starts puts him in a pickle.
The Yankees are having a meeting tomorrow to go over their pitching decisions, including whether to take 12 pitchers or 11.
Francisco Cervelli tried throwing and catching, and his concussion symptoms returned. He’s headed back to New York for more testing. At this point, it would be a very big surprise if his season wasn’t over.
Hector Noesi could be asked to throw 70-80 pitches tonight.
The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions.