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New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes follows through on a delivery. (May 17, 2010)

Phil Hughes

The Yankees drafted righthander Phil Hughes in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft. The highly touted prospect made his major league debut on Apr. 26, 2007. Since then, Hughes has achieved varying degrees of success as both a starter and a reliever/setup man for the Yankees.

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes throws during
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New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes throws during a minor league rehab start for the Trenton Thunder. (June 29, 2011)

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes reacts to
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New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes reacts to a pitch during a minor league rehab start for the Trenton Thunder. (June 29, 2011)

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes throws during
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New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes throws during a minor league rehab start for the Trenton Thunder. (June 29, 2011)

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Phil Hughes makes a living striking out hitters.
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Phil Hughes makes a living striking out hitters. His lookalike makes a living making people laugh ...

New York Yankees' pitcher Phil Hughes delivers a
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New York Yankees' pitcher Phil Hughes delivers a pitch during a minor league rehab start for the Trenton Thunder at Waterfront Park in New Jersey. (June 29, 2011)

New York Yankees' pitcher Phil Hughes delivers a
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New York Yankees' pitcher Phil Hughes delivers a pitch during a minor league rehab start for the Trenton Thunder in New Jersey. (June 29, 2011)

Yankees' catcher, Jorge Posada gives pitcher, Phil Hughes
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Yankees' catcher, Jorge Posada gives pitcher, Phil Hughes a pat on the chest as Hughes is about to be pulled from the game in the sixth inning. (April 15, 2010)

Phil Hughes # 65 of the New York
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Phil Hughes # 65 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox. (May 7, 2010)

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes follows
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes follows through on a delivery. (May 17, 2010)

Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees
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Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox. (May 17, 2010)

New York Yankees' Phil Hughes delivers a pitch
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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes delivers a pitch during the first inning against the New York Mets. (May 22, 2010)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65)
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) during batting practice prior to the game against the New York. (May 22, 2010)

New York Yankees starting pitcher #65 Phil Hughes
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New York Yankees starting pitcher #65 Phil Hughes struggles during the fifth inning. (May 22, 2010)

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Phil Hughes twists to watch J.D. Drew's two-run
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Phil Hughes twists to watch J.D. Drew's two-run home run leave the yard in the 5th inning against Boston. (May 17, 2010)

New York Yankees' Phil Hughes, third from right,
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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes, third from right, is visited on the mound by teammates after being unable to field a ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Eric Chavez, which ended Hughes' bid for a no-hitter during the eighth inning. (April 21, 2010)

New York Yankees' Phil Hughes, right, reacts to
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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes, right, reacts to being unable to field a ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Eric Chavez, which ended his bid for a no-hitter during the eighth inning. (April 21, 2010)

Yankees' Phil Hughes pitches in the first inning
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Yankees' Phil Hughes pitches in the first inning against the Angels at Yankee Stadium. (Apr. 15, 2010)

Yankees' pitcher Phil Hughes tips his has to
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Yankees' pitcher Phil Hughes tips his has to the cheers of the crowd after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning. (April 15, 2010)

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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes works against the
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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning. (April 21, 2010)

PHIL HUGHES Position: Pitcher | Age: 23 |
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PHIL HUGHES

Position: Pitcher | Age: 23 | Years with Yankees: 2007-Present

Fun Fact: The Yankees? 2004 first-round pick starred as their eighth-inning setup man to Mariano Rivera in 2009. Now the question is whether he will carry over that success as a starting pitcher.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65)
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) throws in the first inning of the Yankees baseball spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Mar. 5, 2010)

New York Yankees' Phil Hughes pitches during today's
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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes pitches during today's spring training workout. (February 26, 2010)

New York Yankees' Phil Hughes pitches during today's
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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes pitches during today's spring training workout. (February 26, 2010)

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New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Elland looks
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New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Elland looks on as pitchers Phil Hughes (left) and Joba Chamberlain practice during spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers at the George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2010)

New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Elland and
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New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Elland and Manager Joe Girardi look on as pitchers Phil Hughes (left) and Joba Chamberlain practice during spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers at the George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2010)

New York Yankees pitchers Phil Hughes (left) and
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New York Yankees pitchers Phil Hughes (left) and Joba Chamberlain during spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers at the George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2010)

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