From the AP -
“It’s a necessity for us,” Torre said. “They don’t think it’s the wrong time for him. His ability, his presence, I think he’s mature enough.”
When he makes the start, Hughes will become only the 17th pitcher ever, age 20 or younger, to start a game for the New York Yankees – according to my quick research. Dave Righetti (1979), Gene Nelson (1981), Jose Rijo (1984) are the only ones to do it in the last 40 years.
It’s anyone’s guess as to how this move will work out for the Yankees and Hughes…both in the short- and long-term.