During last week’s Radio Show Joe and I answered a question about why Phil Hughes wasn’t the Opening Day Starter for Triple-A Scranton. I said there was nothing to it, and it’s just how he lined up after starting some split squad games for a big league club late in Spring Training. But as I was enjoying the last few hours of the Extra Innings free preview last night, I remembered that Hughes had a start pushed back late in camp for reasons that were unclear to even him. Then it dawned on me: they lined him up Joba (both start today). Let the conspiracy theories begin, but I don’t take it as a sign that the Yanks are going to move Joba to pen or are afraid he’ll break down or anything like that. They’re just covering all their bases while expecting Joba to make all of his starts.
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