Hughes, 24, who is in his fifth season with the Yankees and was an 18-game winner last season, has allowed 16 runs on 19 hits in 10 1/3 innings this year.
“Something had to be done,” Hughes told reporters today. “The arm strength is not there. My arm feels dead. There’s nothing coming out. We have to get it right.”
The Yankees recalled right-hander Lance Pendleton from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League to take Hughes’s spot on the roster and said Bartolo Colon will take Hughes’s place in the starting rotation.
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