Hughes velocity returns in Yankees 7-4 loss to Pirates

Phil Hughes during today's Yankees 7-4 loss to Pirates

Derek Jeter isn’t the only one with an edge. Phil Hughes also may have one when it comes to battling for the 5th spot in the rotation. Hughes came to play today along with CC Sabathia but during their starts today, something was … missing.

Sabathia looked as if some of his pitches were being overthrown, and didn’t have great location with the strike zone. Sabathia was however able to make the best of his start by showing us why he is the ace; he gave up only 1 run in 2 innings of work.

Phil Hughes’s outing was a little shaky, only going 1.2 IP (I assumed Girardi had Hughes on a pitch count) with giving up 2 runs on 4 base hits although only 1 of the runs were earned. The good news was that Hughes hit 93 MPH multiple times throughout his outing in which Joe Girardi believes is a step in the right direction.

The Yankees had issues today during their 7-4 loss to the Pirates, mostly defensive and injury issues. Francisco Cervelli (on his 26th birthday) was hit by a back swing while behind home plate. He’s fine. It’s not as bad as walking around with a boot until May.

Derek Jeter was hit in the side as he attempted to slide back to second on a pick-off attempt. Again, Jeter is fine.

And Mark Teixeira “jammed” his thumb while applying a tag to first base and for a moment, dropped the baseball. Again, it’s nothing serious as Teixeira said that it stung just a little bit. This is coming from a man who can handle high endurance of pain; such as playing through October with a broken pinkie toe, a bruised knee and I bet if Joe Girardi let him he would have played with the ACL strain in the 2010 ALCS series.

Mark Teixeira & Alex Rodriguez each had 1 error in the game, something that Tex and A-Rod might want to straighten out before they start playing real games next month.

WHAT’S NEXT: The starting outfield, Russell Martin & Raul Ibanez will play in Tampa tomorrow vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. The game will be televised on YES Network. More on Phil Hughes on tonight’s Spring Training report.

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on March 6, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. My father and brother are making the trip to Tampa tonight and going to the game tomorrow I look forward to gettin some first hand reporting and pictures from them.

  2. What’s funny to me is the velocity of Hughes, it’s too early to worry about velocity. I heard the same thing today with Johan Santana. Pitchers who are coming off of injury and under performance tend to be under the microscope. It’s too early to evaluate them.

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