Girardi confirms Hughes will open season on the DL


Joe Girardi confirmed to reporters this afternoon that Phil Hughes will indeed begin the season on the DL. They are planning to have David Phelps start on April 6th — the first time they will need a fifth starter — with Hughes rejoining the rotation five days later. Hughes made a minor league start today and Girardi said everything went fine, so he’ll make two more minor league appearances before rejoining the rotation. No real surprise here, back injuries are tricky and there is no reason to rush him right now.

  • Matt DiBari

    One less Hughes start is probably better for my blood pressure anyway.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Some extra roster flexibility, I guess.

    It’s going to be mighty interesting when everyone comes back healthy. I hope some of these vets didn’t sign year-long leases on their apartments.

  • trr

    no surprise here

  • Eddard

    This just gives Phelps a chance to shine just like Nuney. People view these injuries as bad things but I view them as opportunities for the kids to show what they can do. It’s like JFK said, we must be aware of the danger in crisis but we must also recognize the opportunity.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I wonder if JFK could be had on an MiLB deal.

  • Vern Sneaker

    As JFK said, “We dare not forget to remember, but we must never remember to forget.”

  • Monterowasdinero

    And a crappy off season and ST is almost over.

    Have we signed Ron Blomberg yet?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We’ve seen Blomberg at Old Timers Day. He wasn’t exactly in game shape.

  • Monterowasdinero

    He can play DH and may stay healthier than Hafner.

    We need gimmicks to fill the seats if we stink this year!