Hughes is a starter, not a reliever
Phil Hughes shouldn’t be thinking about going back to the bullpen, despite his success there at times during his career. At least, that’s what Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday.
“I think he’s a starter,” Cashman said. “I know he can pitch out of the ‘pen, but I don’t look at him as a reliever. Never have. I know with any quality arm, whether it’s CC [Sabathia] or A.J. [Burnett] or [Ivan] Nova or Hughes or now [Michael] Pineda, you can run them out there into the ‘pen and they’d look pretty special. But it’s not something you want to do.”
This might be a good time to mention the name Joba Chamberlain … but, nah, there’s plenty of time for that down the road.