Joe Girardi sounded more optimistic before the game than he did after about the prospect of Phil Hughes starting the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Rays.
"I'm still not sure if he can make his start tomorrow, that's the report," Girardi said of his discussion with trainer Gene Monahan before the game. "I'm still going to have a little hope that he can."
Hughes experienced back spasms after throwing a bullpen session Friday in Toronto. He was originally scheduled to start Monday's game against the Rays but was pushed to Wednesday. Monday that seemed to be still on but Girardi hedged before Tuesday's game and didn't sound very confident afterward.
"We're just going to wait and if he can't start the first game, he can't start," Girardi said. "We'll figure it out...We'll see how he feels in the morning and then we'll go from there."
Girardi did not specify what the Yankees would do if Hughes can't start, though Hector Noesi would seem to be one possibility.