Phil Hughes and Carl Pavano are rehabbing in the minors and the Yanks could use them both. With Joba Chamberlain and Dan Giese likely both down for the count the Yanks might recall both Pavano and Hughes soon. One would essentially replace Chamberlain while the other would likely bump Darrell Rasner out of the rotation. Rasner has pitched in 17 games (16 starts) for the Yankees this season and he is 5-9 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP so he deserves to be replaced in the rotation. Phil Hughes started the season with the Yanks but he was horrid before getting injured. Hughes started 6 games for the Yanks so far this season and he was 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP. Hughes has been much better on his rehab assignment than he was with the Yankees so they have some hope that he’ll do decent for them. Hughes has pitched in 5 games (3 starts) in A+AAA ball this season and he is 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Carl Pavano has looked sharp on his rehab assignment as he has started 5 games in A+AAA ball this season and he is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Pavano has whiffed 19 batters in 19 innings in the minors which shows that his stuff is starting to come back. Before the 2005 season the Yankees gave Pavano a shiny new 4-year, $39.95 million dollar contract and he hasn’t given them much of a return for the investment. Pavano has started 19 games in his career for the Yankees and he’s 5-6 with a 4.77 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. It will be interesting to see how Pavano and Hughes pitch for the Yanks as they would need them to be lights out to make a playoff run.