Yankees put Hughes on disabled list

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi stressed to the media that starting pitcher Phil Hughes isn’t injured yet he was still recently put on the disabled list. Hughes, who won 18 games last season was put on the diabled list after he surrendered five runs and seven hits in four an a third innings on Thursday night against the Baltimore Orioles. “We just feel like he’s going through a dead-arm period,” Girardi said about his pitcher who is 0-1 with a lofty 13.94 ERA this season. “We don’t feel that he’s hurt.” According to statistics the Yankees have reason to worry about their righthander whose speed has dropped from 92.6 miles per hour on his fastball from last year down to 89.3 this year. Taking his place for a couple of starts will be former starter and former all-star Bartolo Colon. Meanwhile Hughes will spend the time strengthening his arm by enduring various long toss sessions and working side by side with pitching coach LarryRothschild. Prior to coming back Hughes will make a rehab start down in Triple A.

“This will allow me to develop arm strength without having to worry about making my next start,” Hughes said.

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