Hughes pushed back; Burnett starts Monday

Hughes pushed back; Burnett starts Monday

TORONTO -- Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes suffered back spasms after throwing his bullpen session on Friday, and will be moved back a day or two to make sure he's 100 percent the next time he starts.

A.J. Burnett, who last pitched Tuesday, will pitch in Hughes' place against the Twins on Monday and Hughes will slide back to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday, when the Yankees play a doubleheader against the Rays. Manager Joe Girardi isn't sure how his rotation will line up after Burnett, but he's not too concerned over Hughes' back spasms.

"He's better today; he got them yesterday," Girardi said after the Yankees' 7-6 win over the Blue Jays. "But we're just going to move him back and just make sure his back is good."

After completing his bullpen session with no problems, Hughes said he felt a pinch in his lower back while walking to the weight room. The 25-year-old remembers going through almost the same situation three years ago, and the spasms went away by the time he was scheduled to start.

For now, he'll just continue to get heat on it.

"It was bad yesterday, it's a lot better today," said Hughes, who's given up three runs in his last two starts -- a span of 12 innings. "I've been doing a lot of treatment on it, so I assume it'll be really good by tomorrow; hopefully enough to play catch with. I would've assumed that Monday I'd be fine, but we have so many guys here that it doesn't hurt to give it a day."