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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Have Yankees decided on No. 5?


There's been no announcement, but Joel Sherman thinks the Yankees have essentially set their rotation:
I've maintained from the beginning that the Yankees themselves should know a lot more about Hughes and Chamberlain than we do, and that I wouldn't second-guess their eventual decision. So I won't.

Still, Pinto asks a good question ... "I’m not sure how they are going to handle Hughes inning limitations. That’s why I thought Joba would get fifth starter status, and Hughes would move back and forth from pen to rotation based on injuries."

Hughes threw 80 innings in 2008, 112 in 2009, and ... 200 in 2010?

I don't think so. The Yankees, reasonably enough, seem to have concluded that Hughes is the fifth-best starter in their organization. I suspect that they already have a reasonable plan to limit him to something like 160 innings this season. I just don't know what that plan is.