Joe Girardi informed Phil Hughes, 10-1 after Saturday's victory over the Mets, that his next turn in the rotation would be skipped because of his innings limit. That means Hughes, a Californian, won't get to pitch Friday at Dodger Stadium in front of his parents and a few other family members. Instead, his next start will be next Tuesday at the Stadium against the Mariners.

"It's definitely a disappointment, I think with any start," Hughes said. "Joe told me if I wasn't disappointed he'd be a little worried. So, sometimes it's what needs to be done. Take advantage of the extra few days off and prepare for Seattle back home."

“He’s at 82 [1/3] innings, we’ve played [69] games,” Girardi said. “This is a chance that we can do it where we have an off-day on Thursday and an off-day on Monday and you’re not really abusing the other guys."

Hughes said he's not worried about this screwing up the roll he's been on pretty much all season.

"I don't really view having a couple of extra days off as being a setback, I don't believe that," Hughes said. "I think I'm going to take the approach of taking advantage of the extra rest and hopefully be strong in my next start."

And...

"I think there can be [an issue] if you take it the wrong way,” he said. “I'm going to take the approach of benefiting from the extra days and hopefully be stronger on Tuesday. I don't think there's going to be a setback from this at all. I don't really view it that way. It's almost like getting a few days off in spring training or something so I'm not really too worried about it."

Girardi, shortly after naming Hughes the fifth start in the spring, joked that Hughes' innings limit -- around 170 far more than Joba Chamberlain's last year -- would only be a problem if the 23-year-old averaged about seven innings an start.

Of course, that's pretty much what he's done.

“It’s a great problem and I hope it continues because that means he’s pitching well if he’s pitching seven innings and into the eighth most of the time,” said Girardi, who added later Hughes may have to be skipped again at some point in the season’s second half. “I hope that problem continues and we’ll adjust from there.”

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*** Girardi said he hopes to catch Jorge Posada four of the six games this trip and Alex Rodriguez all six games, though both "I'll play by ear." 

*** Also, the Yankees called up OF Colin Curtis and designated C Chad Moeller for assignment.