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Calling Mr. Hughes?

Postby B-Chad » Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:37 pm

Sure, this is a bit premature, but this is two miserable starts for Wang, and two solid AAA starts for Hughes. Is Hughes the likely first choice if Wang continues to falter? Given the Yankees tendency to be impatient, what does everyone think?
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Postby Amazinz » Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:47 pm

Yes and I don't really think it's that premature. I think Wang will be on the DL or in the minors tomorrow.
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Postby bigh0rt » Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:50 pm

Amazinz wrote:Yes and I don't really think it's that premature. I think Wang will be on the DL or in the minors tomorrow.

This is exactly what 4 of my best friends who are Yankee fanatics feel as well. Hughes pitched yesterday, so it should work out just fine.
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Postby neoforce » Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:59 pm

I don't think Wong will go on the DL, but the minors is a real probability. Clearly something is wrong, but it seems mental/mechanical, not injury related. It was bizarre watching Giraldi and Jeter giving him a pep talk on the mound before they took him out.

He clearly isn't a top of the line #1 starter (see all of the old debate here on the cafe) but he is a solid pitcher and the Yankees need him. Hopefully the minors gives him a chance to get it back. I can't imagine that he won't be back, but you never know. The Majors is full of guys who just lost it mentally. But I hope not in this case!
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Re: Calling Mr. Hughes?

Postby KCollins1304 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:03 pm

Yep. Hughes should be pitching in Wang's place next time through the rotation. It's not premature, he has been awful for 3 starts. It's not like they're dropping him to the waiver wire though. They know he's a very good MLB pitcher, he just needs to go down out work out his problems. I wouldn't expect him to spend more than 2 or 3 starts down there. It's not some major problem where he has been figured out by MLB hitters and needs to re-create himself. His arm is lagging behind his body and leaving the ball up. It should be a relatively easy problem to fix, the guy hasn't pitched for almost an entire year you have to remember.
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Re: Calling Mr. Hughes?

Postby ndkarp » Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:18 pm

Any thoughts on when they would announce whether he is going to get the next start?
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Re: Calling Mr. Hughes?

Postby jfg » Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:22 pm

KCollins1304 wrote:Yep. Hughes should be pitching in Wang's place next time through the rotation. It's not premature, he has been awful for 3 starts. It's not like they're dropping him to the waiver wire though. They know he's a very good MLB pitcher, he just needs to go down out work out his problems. I wouldn't expect him to spend more than 2 or 3 starts down there. It's not some major problem where he has been figured out by MLB hitters and needs to re-create himself. His arm is lagging behind his body and leaving the ball up. It should be a relatively easy problem to fix, the guy hasn't pitched for almost an entire year you have to remember.


Yeah, that's the feeling I get too. I'd love to drop Kawakami for Hughes right now but I don't think Hughes will be starting in the majors in a month.
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Re: Calling Mr. Hughes?

Postby Halo Homers » Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:12 pm

Calling up Hughes seems like a near certainty.

The big question is if he pitches well, will he keep a spot in the rotation?

Yanks seem committed to Joba in the starting rotation, and if there is not anything physically wrong with Wang, I think he gets his rotation spot back once he fixes whatever is mechcanically/mentally wrong.
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Re: Calling Mr. Hughes?

Postby jbauer2485 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:39 pm

Hughes is definitely coming up. Not only did Wang have little break or control, but his fastballs were hitting 88-89 when they would typically be up to 94-95. Something must be wrong with him.
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Re: Calling Mr. Hughes?

Postby Grounded Polo » Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:40 pm

I gave Hughes an add ... on the team where I owned and started Wang all 3 times.

Who knows how long it will take Wang to figure it out, Kei Igawa is like CC Sabathia compared to him right now.
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