Via Chad Jennings:
Joe Girardi said there might be more changes coming as the Yankees setup their playoff rotation.
This change, though, Girardi said is strictly for Hughes’ workload. Girardi said he expects Wednesday to be Hughes’ last outing of the regular season.
Hughes was supposed to start two more times which potentially could have added 18 more innings to the 169.1 he’s already accumulated. Obviously it would have been more like 10-12 additional innings, but now it means he’s going to finish right around 175 which is pretty much the number that was rumored going back to spring training.
The biggest issue now is that Hughes will only have one more start to get ready for the playoffs. If it’s a poor one there will be a lot of questions surrounding Hughes and the Yankees rotation. The front end of the rotation has strong potential, but without a strong third starter the Yankees are going to struggle to repeat as world champions.