However, two straight losses to the BoSox and four overall has the Yankees switching gears from Dustin Moseley back to Hughes as Boston suddenly finds itself 5 1/2 games out of the wild card race. A near-impossible mountain to climb, but not improbable.
Is it a panic move by the suddenly-skidding Yankees?
"I don't think it's panic," GM Brian Cashman told Joel Sherman of the New York Post . "It is adjusting to circumstances. We haven't had starters going deep into games. People can judge this and call it panic. I don't care. I only care about making the right decision on the information in front of us. And the information is different on Sept. 26 than it was when we decided (to push back Hughes). I only care about being right, and this was right."Hughes currently has 169 1/3 innings pitched on the season of a cap of roughly 175 innings. The righty has made 28 starts and one relief appearances, checking in with a 4.31 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 7.4 K/9. That strikeout percentage has dropped significantly from 2009, when he was the bridge to Mariano Rivera.
As a result of the decision to start Hughes, he may grab one more (abbreviated) start at the tail-end of the season to prepare for the postseason, where he figures to be the No. 3 starter as the Yanks chase back-to-back World Series rings.
-- Evan Brunell
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