Brian Cashman said the organization thinks it knows what it is going to do with Phil Hughes, but wouldn't divulge when and where the 25-year-old right-hander will make his next start.
“Those are the things that we’ll kick around. we kind of know what we’re going to do, but we’re just not gonna, I’m not gonna talk about it until we have to make that decision," Cashman said Saturday night. "But I think we know what we’re going to do with Phil."
Hughes threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball during an 88-pitch rehab outing at Double-A Trenton on Wednesday afternoon. If he were to make a rehab start, it could be at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which has a home game on Monday night -- five days from his last start.
CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova are the Yankees probables for Monday-Wednesday in Cleveland.
Manager Joe Girardi has talked about using a six-man rotation. The Yankees have eight games remaining until the All-Star break -- counting Sunday afternoon's Subway Series finale against the Mets at Citi Field.
Despite pitching well in his last start on Friday night -- five innings of one-run ball -- Nova would be the likely candidate to be moved out of the rotation for Hughes. Veterans Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon are the others, but they've both gone far and beyond their expectations in 2011 after being signed to minor-league deals in the offseason.