From Pete Abe, we get the news that Chien Ming Wang returns to the rotation tomorrow, while Phil Hughes heads to the bullpen. I’m not sure why they chose to pitch Wang tomorrow rather than just throwing him in Hughes’ spot on Friday.
I am on record, as saying that this is a bad idea. However, if the club can guarantee that Hughes is used like Aceves was this past month, such that he gets about 20 innings a month, I would be willing to accept the move. The club obviously feels that it would serve Hughes better to face better hitters than to get consistent work. We shall see how it works out.
Update from Pete:
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Hughes is a temporary bullpen fix, Cashman said. He’ll be a starter long term.
As EJ noted in the comments, Hughes is probably here until the Yankees are sure that Wang is back to his old self. However, if Hughes performs well in the pen for the next week or two, I could see them keeping him in New York until Brian Bruney returns. Of course, Francesa has already declared that Hughes has no shot of succeeding in the pen, so the Yankees might as well send him down now.
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