Timing of Latest Injury Setbacks Leaves Rotation Dangerously Thin

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Timing of Latest Injury Setbacks Leaves Rotation Dangerously Thin
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It was another poor outing for Phil Hughes yesterday, the poorest and shortest he's had since his 0.2-inning meltdown against the Mariners in May. In his last 3 starts, Hughes has completed just 12.1 innings and has given up 13 R (10 ER) on 19 H in those innings with 8 BB to just 6 K. His leash with Joe has gotten shorter to the point that were it a literal leash it would probably be choking him to death as soon as he took the mound, and his inability to work efficiently and deeply into games is becoming a burden on the bullpen. Hughes needed 71 pitches yesterday to retire just 8 batters...

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