Phil Hughes will be Yankees’ fifth starter

Joe Girardi has named Phil Hughes the Yankees’ fifth start, the New York Post reports.

Hughes has been competing for the rotation slot with Joba Chamberlain, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves.

"We evaluated it the whole spring and we were very excited with the improvement in his changeup," Girardi said.

The decision means Chamberlain will move back into the bullpen, where he likely will the eighth inning set-up man, the Post reports.

"I think Joba could do either one (start or relieve), but right now we feel Phil is a little bit ahead as a starter," Girardi said.

Hughes was 8-3 with a 3.03 ERA, mostl in relief, while Chamberlian was 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 2009. Chamberlain started 31 games.

Joe Girardi has named Phil Hughes the Yankees’ fifth start, the New York Post reports.

Hughes has been competing for the rotation slot with Joba Chamberlain, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves.

"We evaluated it the whole spring and we were very excited with the improvement in his changeup," Girardi said.

The decision means Chamberlain will move back into the bullpen, where he likely will the eighth inning set-up man, the Post reports.

"I think Joba could do either one (start or relieve), but right now we feel Phil is a little bit ahead as a starter," Girardi said.

Hughes was 8-3 with a 3.03 ERA, mostl in relief, while Chamberlian was 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 2009. Chamberlain started 31 games.

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