2012 MLB Playoffs: Phil Hughes Leaves Game 3 Start Early

By Ryan Gaydos

The New York Yankees cannot catch a break. Game 3 starting pitcher Phil Hughes left in the bottom of the fourth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers after giving up a Delmon Young home run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a stiff back.

It looked like Hughes was grabbing his shoulder as to signal that he tweaked something but that was not the case

David Phelps came on to reliever Hughes. Hughes was not doing so bad. He got out of multiple jams in the ball game before giving up the home run. However, there were times that it looked like Hughes had lost command of the plate as his pitches were everywhere.

Phelps came into the game with two losses in the postseason already. He gave up an extra inning run in Game 4 against the Baltimore Orioles and then again in Game 1 against the Tigers Saturday. Against the 13 batters he has faced, Phelps has allowed two five hits and three runs.

During the regular season against the Tigers, Phelps’ opponents average was .188 and he struck out three batters. In five innings, Phelps allowed one run. Phelps is the right decision to come into the game for the Yankees.

With the injury, Joe Girardi will have to do something that he was probably not ready for and that was emptying the bullpen early. The relievers will get more work than they bargained for in Game 3 but will need to step up big time to keep the Tigers offense in check.

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