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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Hughes to be pushed back

By Wallace Matthews

NEW YORK -- Yankees struggling right-hander Phil Hughes will not take his regular turn on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers, but will be pushed back to Thursday so that both Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte can stay on rotation.

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.