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Yankees Move Hughes To Bullpen, Huff To Starting Rotation

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Phil Hughes (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Phil Hughes (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The decision is in: struggling right-hander Phil Hughes will be moved to the New York Yankees’ bullpen. Left-hander David Huff will get the start on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

“It’s been an up-and-down year for Phil,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Tuesday’s 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. “Huff’s been throwing the ball well and we’re just going to make the change.”

Hughes is 4-13 with a 4.86 ERA in 26 starts this season. He’s surrendered 153 hits and 23 home runs in 137 innings.

Hughes has lost 11 of 13 decisions, thanks in part to a bloated 6.12 ERA since August 1.

Huff has been solid in just six appearances for the Yankees, allowing two runs on seven hits in 16 innings.

“I’m happy about it. I’m just trying to go out there and help out the team as much as possible,” Huff said. “I’m just here to help, basically. Whether it’s an inning out of the bullpen or it’s a start.”

The Yankees are 2.5 games out of an American League wild card spot.

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