Hughes, five others sent to minor league camp


Prior to this afternoon’s game against Detroit, the Yanks optioned Phil Hughes to Triple-A Scranton. Hughes made five appearances (four starts) in the preseason, putting up a 15 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 6 BB, 10 K pitching line while working on a new changeup grip. The Yanks also optioned Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett to Scranton, while Humberto Sanchez was optioned down to Double-A Trenton. Jason Johnson and Sergio Mitre were also assigned to minor league camp. As camp draws to a close, there just aren’t enough innings to go around anymore. (h/t Bryan Hoch)

Categories : Asides, Spring Training


  1. Tom Zig says:

    Who is still left?

  2. dkidd says:

    nice spring by claggett

  3. AndrewYF says:

    How many option years does Hughes have left? If they optioned him in 2007 when he got injured, then there’s none, and he will have to stick in the majors for good in 2010. If not, he has until 2011.

    • Mike says:

      I think hughes still has multiply options left. Remember when he has gotten hurt the last two year he was put on the DL not optioned to the minors. When he got healthy and was pitching rehab start for scranton he was on the reserve list meaning that he could pitch for scranton for a certain period of time without being optioned there. An option would only come into play if he needed more time there then the reserve period.

      • Rich says:

        He does have option years left:


        If a player is on the 40-man roster but not on the active major league roster, he is said to be on optional assignment—his organization may freely move him between the major league club and the minor league club. If a player is on the 40-man roster and not the active 25 man roster for any part of more than three seasons (in which he spent 20 or more total days of service in the minors), he is out of options and may not be assigned to the minors without first clearing waivers. However, if a player has less than 5 years of professional experience, he may be optioned to the minors in a fourth season without being subject to waivers. If a major league player is ineligible for free agency and “has options” remaining, his team may option him to a minor league team without consequence. This is usually what is meant when players are “sent down” to the minors. Likewise, when a player on the 40-man roster is added to the active major league roster, he is “called up” to the majors.

    • Mike A. says:

      One option after today. In 2007 he was called up and got hurt, but was on rehab assignment in the minors and was called up before he spent 20 days in the minors, so an option was never used that year.

      An option was used in 2008, and then again today (assuming he stays down for longer than 20 days), so he has one left.

  4. Matt says:

    I’m surprised Hungry Hungry didn’t get optioned to Scranton. I still have pretty high hopes for him as a reliever.

  5. Jake H says:

    We knew it was coming but man I wish it hadn’t.

  6. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Please let it be for Pena making the team instead of Berrora. defense matters.

  7. [...] was optioned to Double-A Trenton after the game, joining the six others that were sent down this morning. Al Aceves will face the Rays tomorrow afternoon while CC Sabathia throws in a minor league game. [...]

  8. atlas says:

    $200M payroll and infield back-up Berroa who is ticking time-bommb with glove…Apart from all those bad pitching deals, this is Cashman at this worst. Back-up infielders have to pick up the ball. And why would anybody be fooled by a spring training BA?

  9. [...] Hughes made his first appearance yesterday since being optioned down to Triple-A Scranton on Saturday, throwing five innings of one run ball against the Phillies’ top minor league [...]

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