Well the news is in- Nady is officially having Tommy John surgery next week and will miss over a year. That is the end of his career as a Yankee and it is too bad that it had to come during a time in which he is a free agent next year. I have to give the guy credit as he really tried to put off the surgery and come back to contribute to the team. I guess I officially saw his last game when I was in Syracuse last week. He was a nice guy too, I hope the best for him on the road back to recovery.
As for Phil Hughes, what does everyone think of him being in the bullpen, for what looks to be an extended period of time? I think this is the same situation that you have with Joba. If you are against Joba being in the pen, I would think you have to be against Hughes in the pen also. I guess it is the short term solution that they will use for the remainder of the season, or until they get someone in the pen that they can trust?
Lets look at it this way. What if the Yankees either bring up Melancon at some point in the year or acquire a reliever before the trade deadline. If the guy is successful do you keep Hughes in the pen, or do you send him back to the minor leagues to build up his innings? I guess if there is an injury, you have an easier decision to bringing him back to start, but if that isn't the case, then what do you do?
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Also, in his past 4 outings he hasn't given up a hit. While he's doing quite well in the pen, this can not be a long term solution. I am sure CC Sabathia and Burnett could be successful relievers as well.