Two vitally important players to the Yankeesâ€™ future are pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. The Yankeesâ€™ unwillingness to part with either will have ramifications before the trading deadline next Tuesday.
Without giving up Hughes or Chamberlain, the Yankees will probably have no chance to acquire first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Texas Rangers. General Manager Brian Cashman is closely guarding both players, so there is a greater chance that they will affect the Yankees on their own than through a deal.
Hughes started for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, throwing six shutout innings, allowing two hits, striking out seven and throwing 73 pitches in a 4-0 victory over Louisville. He is tentatively scheduled for one more start as he recovers from hamstring and ankle injuries.
Hughes will rejoin the Yankees as soon as he is ready, replacing Kei Igawa in the rotation. The question is whether Chamberlain will eventually join him in New York.
If Joba does join the big club, I don’t want him as a reliever. I just don’t trust Torre to use him effectively and efficiently. He’ll either ride the bench for weeks (ala Edwar Ramirez) or be used every other day (ala Everyday Scott Proctor).
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