So much is being made of the Yankees call to skip Phil Hughes’ next turn. Here’s the skinny via Pete Caldera –
Phil Hughes will skip a turn in the rotation. For his own good.
“It’s something I knew was coming,” Hughes said, conscious of the Yankees’ prescribed innings limit. The prized right-hander, who turns 24 on Thursday, added, “It was just a matter of when and how and all that sort of stuff.”
With 82 1/3 innings and 13 starts under his belt, the time is now.
On this western swing, the Yankees have off-dates Thursday and Monday, which permits manager Joe Girardi to keep his other starters on regular rest.
Hughes understands. But that didn’t take away from his disappointment, especially since he’s being skipped at Dodger Stadium. Hughes, who grew up in Southern California, had family members looking forward to seeing him pitch in person.
“It’s definitely disappointing. But Joe told me if I wasn’t disappointed, he’d be a little worried,” said Hughes, who spoke in his usual even tone. “Sometimes, it’s what needs to be done. So, I’ll take advantage of the few extra days off and prepare for Seattle.”
Here’s something to consider – looking at Hughes’ 13 starts this year:
Phil Hughes’ first six starts of the season: 39 IP & an ERA of 1.38
Phil Hughes’ last seven starts this season: 43.1 IP & an ERA of 4.78
Are things catching up with Phil? Maybe…so, perhaps this is a good time for a time-out?