Aug 15, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild (58) and catcher Austin Romine (53) visit starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees demote Phil Hughes to bullpen

It has been a rough stretch for New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes and the team has been teetering on the edge of removing him from the starting rotation for the past few days it seems, but now they have finally made the decision to make the move and pull Hughes from his starting duties in order to place him in the bullpen.

“It’s been [an] up-and-down year for Phil and Huff’s been throwing the ball well, and we are just going to make the change,” manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.

Hughes has had a disappointing  4.86 ERA in his starts this season and the 4-13 record as a starter does not help his cause one bit.

With Hughes now set to come out of the bullpen, the Yankees have decided to add David Huff in the starting pitching rotation as a replacement. Hey, he can’t get much worse.

When Hughes is not on the mound this season, the Yankees have totaled a record of 64-48. They will hope to continue that trend as they gear up for a late-season run at the playoffs.

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