Phil Hughes available in Yanks bullpen

Updated: September 10, 2010, 6:28 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phil Hughes could be headed back to the bullpen ... at least for one night.

Hughes, who is being skipped in the New York Yankees rotation, said he will be available out of the 'pen for Friday night's game against the Texas Rangers.

"If he doesn't [pitch in a game,] then he won't have faced hitters for nine or 10 days," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. He also added that if Hughes doesn't pitch Friday, then he will just do a bullpen and won't be available the rest of the weekend.

"I'd rather get in the game," Hughes said of Friday night.

Either way, he's slated to start Wednesday in Tampa.

The Yankees have put an innings limit on Hughes. He believes it is 175 innings. So far this season, he has thrown 155 1/3 innings.

Last year, Hughes excelled as the Yankees' setup man. On Friday, he could pitch out of the bullpen again.

"If we need him we could use him for one inning," Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland said.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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