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Yankees' Hughes to open on DL

Phil Hughes will join a long list of Yankees on the disabled list to start the regular season but could miss only one start.

Associated Press (2012)

Phil Hughes will join a long list of Yankees on the disabled list to start the regular season but could miss only one start.

TAMPA — Yankees RHP Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list for the start of the season.

Manager Joe Girardi announced the decision Wednesday after watching Hughes pitch in his second minor-league exhibition game since returning from a bulging disc in his upper back.

Hughes is expected to miss his first turn, which means that fifth starter candidates Ivan Nova and David Phelps are both likely to begin the season in the rotation.

"I think so," Girardi said.

The Yankees open at home Monday against the Red Sox. Hughes is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game that day.

"I'm happy with where he's at today," Girardi said. "He'll have another one down here and we'll see where he's at."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he doesn't expect Jeter, who continues to get treatment for soreness in his left ankle, to play in a minor-league game through this weekend.

"We're going to give him a few days to calm down, so we'll back off completely," Cashman said. "Eliminate the pain he had when this occurred."

Cashman said there is no timetable for Jeter's return. The team captain broke the ankle, which required surgery, in the opener of the AL Championship Series.

"I know we'll get him back," Cashman said. "I can't tell you what that date will be."

Hughes gave up five hits and struck out four over five shutout innings against Toronto Class A players. He threw 81 pitches, including 53 strikes.

"I felt better in the beginning than I did toward the end, but I got through it all right," Hughes said. "Got the pitch count up and now it's just matter of continuing to build on that, and be ready to go. I think I'm close."

Jays: Whirlwind day

DUNEDIN — It was quite an eventful 24 hours for J.A. Happ.

On Tuesday, the Blue Jays demoted LHP Ricky Romero to Class A Dunedin, likely signalling that Happ had earned the fifth starter's job. Wednesday, Happ pitched 42/3 innings in a 6-1 win over the Rays, giving up one earned run, four hits and four walks.

And after the game, Toronto announced it had reached a $9.1 million, two-year contract agreement with Happ that adds an additional $5.4 million and one season to the deal he signed in January.

Happ's salary remains $3.7 million for this year, and the new deal adds a $5.2 million salary for 2014 and a $6.7 million team option for 2015 with a $200,000 buyout.

Happ, 30, went a combined 10-11 with a 4.79 ERA in 28 games last year for Houston and Toronto. The left-hander is 35-35 with a 4.19 ERA in six seasons.

Happ has a 1.90 ERA in seven appearances this spring training.

Phils: Ready to go

LAKELAND — LHP Cole Hamels got in his work.

The Phillies' opening day starter made his final spring start, pitching pitched three scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Tigers.

Manager Charlie Manuel said he was ready to get Hamels, and the rest of the Phillies, out of Florida.

"We're ready to get back to real baseball," Manuel said. "Cole has been dominant and he's just ready to start the season. I know what we need to get out of him I know he's ready."

The Phillies will play their final spring game in Clearwater today when RHP Roy Halladay starts against the Blue Jays. Hamels will start Monday at Atlanta.

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