Hughes to take Sabathia's spot in rotation

CC to miss rest of season with hamstring strain
09/24/2013 5:23 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Phil Hughes will start Wednesday against the Rays.(AP)
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has announced his rotation through Friday, and it will be Phil Hughes who will get the nod in place of the injured CC Sabathia for Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay.

Girardi made the announcement at the top of his pregame press conference on Tuesday afternoon, saying that Hughes, whose spot was due to be skipped until the weekend, will get slotted in to replace Sabathia, with Ivan Nova going in Thursday's finale on regular rest and Andy Pettitte making his final start of the season in Friday's series opener in Houston.

Beyond that?

"We'll figure it out from there," Girardi said.

Hiroki Kuroda could start the season finale on Sunday on regular rest, but with Sabathia out, the team will need a nominal "fifth starter" for Saturday's game; David Huff, Adam Warren, and David Phelps have all made starts for the Yankees this year, and Brett Marshall made 26 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season before being called up on September 1.

The team announced Monday that Sabathia has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a Grade 2 strain in his left hamstring, an injury that happened in the early part of what will be his final start of the season last Friday.

"He didn't let us know until he was done, and I found out in the clubhouse after the game," Girardi said. "I was shocked that CC said it happened in the second inning."

Girardi intimated that in his typical workhorse fashion, Sabathia initially thought he would be fine, but Hughes will indeed get the nod for the penultimate regular-season game at Yankee Stadium.

"(Sabathia's) initial reaction was that he was going to pitch on Wednesday," Girardi said, "but I didn't really respond to that; knowing that he probably had a lot of adrenaline flowing, I figured let's wait and see when the weekend rolls around and the pain shows up."

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