The Yankees inconsistent young starter Phil Hughes was scheduled to pitch today in the first game of a doubleheader after being scratched from his start on Monday due to back spasm. However, because the pain from those spasms is still lingering manager Joe Girardi was reluctant to tell reporters last night that he was definitely getting the ball today.
“I’m still going to have a little hope that he can [start Wednesday],” Girardi said to Ian Begley of ESPN New York. “We’ll see how he feels in the morning and then go from there; we’re just going to wait. If he can’t start the first game, he can’t start, and we’ll figure it out.”
Girardi didn’t say who would get the start in the event Hughes sits, but Begley identifies Hector Noesi as one possibility. That’s a good choice, but Noesi hasn’t pitched almost at all as a starter since being called up early this season so he may not be stretched out and ready for that role.
That could mean they use somebody on slightly shorter rest or there is the unlikely possibility they turn to one of the kids, Adam Warren or Dellin Betances. Warren is not on the active 40-man roster (although he has been inactive and traveling with the team), but the Yankees may want to add him before they use Betances as Warren is probably more prepared for a major league start.
David Phelps has an outside chance of getting the start too even though he is not on the 40-man as he will need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft eventually this offseason.