With the news that prize acquisition Michael Pineda might never see the lights in Yankee Stadium from the pitcher’s mound, at least not this season, does leave the team in a bit of a pickle.
Less than a week ago, Pineda was still going to play a big part in the 2012 season.
Personally knowing that Pineda was coming, made enduring each Phil Hughes start somewhat tolerable, and I am sure many Yankee fans felt the same way.
Like Hughes, Garcia has been terrible too but the Yankees seem willing to excuse Hughes because he won 18-games in 2010. I guess the fact that Garcia won 12 games and the team won 15 out of his 25 starts in 2011 doesn’t factor in at all; or that Garcia has experience.
Regardless, Hughes is a problem and will remain one until the Yankees wake-up and smell the coffee.
Now, the Yankees have other options but they will have to go out of their comfort zone to actually carry them out. Hey, you never know what can happen until you try right?
Here are two options that the Yankees already have, but this would entail sending Hughes to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre because he can convince the Yankees from down there of why he should still be in the rotation.
2) David Phelps who has been overall pretty solid coming out of the bullpen, but he did knocked around saving Hughes, for a third time, vs. the Rangers. Still, Phelps has proven himself worthy of a start and the Yankees can bring up prospect Kevin Whelan or Chase Whitley to pitch in long relief; and Hughes can go prove himself in the minors.
There are other possibilities to get Hughes out but I hope it doesn’t involve signing some washed up veteran; as that would be in sync with how the Yankees usually work. So, please be ready for the Roy Oswalt rumors to start to swirl.
Any other ideas? Or hate mine??
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