The Yankees announced today that pitcher Phil Hughes will be placed on the 15-Day Disabled List with a strained oblique.
Hughes has struggled all season with a 0-4 record along with a 9.00 ERA. However, the validity of the injury needs to be questioned.
Hughes has struggled all year long and no one around Yankee camp has gotten word of any possible injury concerns for the young right-hander.
Maybe the Yankees just wanted to give him a bit of rest. Placing him on the Disabled List would be just that.
It gives Phil time to work on his mechanics and lets him relax for a little bit without sending him to the minors and ruining his confidence.
In the meantime, the Yankees can call up Darrell Rasner who has been lights out in Triple-A so far (4-0 0.87 ERA).
Hopefully for the Yankees, Hughes can regain last year's form and fix his early season woes.
If he is injured and has to miss significant time, it will be a test of the depth of the Yankees.
Perhaps we may see Hank Steinbrenner's wishes come true a little earlier than anyone expected with Joba Chamberlain in the rotation.