Updated: Check that, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has announced that Hughes is going to the DL, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. The Yankees believe that Hughes is going through a deadarm period and want to give him time to long toss, but not to throw every fifth day. This means Hughes is out at least 15 days or probably about three starts. Pendleton is still getting called up in his place.
Original post: In a surprise move, the Yankees are sending troubled starter Phil Hughes to the minor leagues, according to Brian Costello of the NY Post.
Hughes has really struggled so far this season. His velocity is down from its usual 93-95 mph to a much less effective 89-91 mph. Combine that with absolutely no location or break on on his breaking balls means he became just the third Yankees starter to ever allow at least five run in less than five innings in his first three starts of the season (he joins Brian Boehringer in 1995 and Chien-Ming Wang in 2009).
This will give him a chance to work on his stuff in Triple-A with much less pressure. It seems likely that Bartolo Colon could take his place in the rotation, but don’t rule out Hector Noesi who was just called up yesterday. The replacement will definitely come from the Yankees current bullpen as the corresponding move was to call up Lance Pendleton. To make room for Pendleton on the 40-man roster expect Pedro Feliciano to be added to the 60-day DL.