Yankees rumors: New York searching for veteran starter

As a result of Phil Hughes’ injury and their relatively thin rotation depth, the New York Yankees are “fishing around for a veteran to put at Triple-A,” according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

The Yankees currently have a projected starting three of CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte. Hughes was supposed to check into the No. 4 spot, but his injury would now put both Ivan Nova and David Phelps, who were competing for the final rotation slot, into New York’s starting staff. The next man up would be Adam Warren while the Yankees waited on Michael Pineda to return from injury.

New York has been connected to veteran right-hander Chien-Ming Wang recently. The former Yankees’ starter is going to pitch for Taiwan in the World Baseball Classic, and New York will be there to monitor his progress.

While Wang is an option, other veteran arms remaining on the free agent market include Carlos Zambrano, Carl Pavano, Derek Lowe and Roy Oswalt.

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