Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Nady and Hughes

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?
Stats as a Reliever:
5 Hits
2 BB
2 Holds

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.


Kyle said...

Tough break for Nady. I hope he makes a full recovery and has success on his next team.

Hughes has done well out of the pen, but I think a lot of decent starting pitchers would be really good middle relievers. They start b/c starters are more valuable.

A closer requires a different mentality. Not everyone can handle that. So a closer is a little different, but middle relief is something that while it can help is team, you don't permanently take a decent starting pitcher and make him into a middle reliever.

I think Hughes future should be as a starter. I didn't expect Hughes in the pen for the rest of the season. I still think he'll start again this season. Whether it be for the Yankees due to a pitcher being hurt or the minors. Although at this point, it seems unlikely that Hughes gets sent back to AAA.

Bruno Von Rottweiler said...

If it ain't broken don't fix it. If Hughes can be effective in relief role for the time being so be it. He has a role as a starter in the future OR maybe he might be the heir apparent to Mariano. The Yanks have a middle relief crisis and Hughes is a good interrim solution.......

If Rivera gets hurt , who is the closer? Veras is gone. Bruney? All I can say is that the debate on Joba is somewhat dead(thank god). BUT keeping Hughes in that crucial relief role is important for the Yanks this year at least.

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

I guess I should drop Nady in my pool. Bastard!

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

eye- drop him. hes long done for the season. its too bad for the yanks

btw were you a fan of Hinkse when he was a Jay?

Bruno- if you have time, i left a comment for you in my post about Romero