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Hughes will start season on DL

The rotation battle between Ivan Nova and David Phelps that has been going on all Spring Training appears to have taken care of itself, as both guys will break camp in the rotation. Phil Hughes will start the season on the DL, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Hughes has missed a lot of time this spring because of a bulging disc in his upper back. After a few weeks of inactivity and rehab, he is now finally appearing in some Spring Training minor league games, and is reporting no problems whatsoever. He is going on the DL because he won’t be ready in time arm-wise, not because of nagging issues with his back.

Sherman reports that, barring any setbacks, the Yankees hope Hughes will be ready to pitch the second time through the rotation, possibly around April 11.