Hughes Out of the Bullpen? Or a Potential Game 7?

Phil Hughes claims he’s ready to go after leaving Game 3 with a stiff back (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Phil Hughes told reporters during last night’s rain delay (and eventual rain out) that he felt ready to go and could be used out of the bullpen for Thursday’s Game 4  after experiencing back stiffness  in the 4th inning of Game 3.

However, one has to wonder if the Yankees would be wise to hold Hughes back as the potential starter for Game 7 — if the series gets that far along. His record at home this year is much better than anything he has done on the road, with his earned run average being a full run lower on the road. Additionally, any hope for using C.C. Sabathia in Game 7 evaporated with the rain last night according to [Yankees GM] Brian Cashman.

Considering the injury, it would certainly be a risk to roll with Hughes if the Yankees get to Game 7. Unfortunately, Joe Girardi may not have another option, as it could be that much more risky if the Yankees were forced to go with David Phelps or Derek Lowe instead.

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