Hughes, who allowed 10 hits and five runs in his start on Wednesday against the Dodgers and lasted just 4-1/3 innings in his previous start in Oakland, will now go on seven days' rest against the Rangers while both Kuroda and Pettitte take their regular turns.
Hughes is 3-6 with a 5.09 ERA on the season, and in his last seven starts, is 1-4 with a 5.86 ERA.
Last week, Joe Girardi said, "I haven’t really thought about moving Phil out of the rotation. He’s capable of doing a good job for us but right now, he’s struggling."
But with Ivan Nova back on the roster and pitching today against the Rays, pushing Hughes back two days could be just the beginning.