The New York Yankees won't take the field in meaningful, regular-season action for nearly two weeks, but their starting rotation picture continues to come into focus.
With CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda already guaranteed spots in the rotation -- likely the top two -- three remain up for grabs. Monday evening, the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand reported Phil Hughes may be the third pitcher to secure his position among the Yankees' starters.
Phil Hughes has all but wrapped up a spot in the rotation. A source told me today "it would be a shock" if he wasn't one of the starting 5.— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) March 26, 2012
Aside from the 25-year-old righty, the Yankees are looking at some combination of Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia to fill out the rotation. Andy Pettitte recently came out of retirement by signing a one-year deal, but he likely won't be ready to pitch in the majors until May at the earliest.