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Nardi Says Hughes Isn't Being "Babied"

Recently, a lot has been made of the pitch counts and inning limits placed on Phil Hughes this past season by Pitching Coordinator Nardi Contreras. In an exclusive interview with PinstripesPlus.com, Contreras explains his rationale and refutes any notion that the Yankees tactics with their talented young right-hander is babying him at all.

Many critics have come to the forefront in recent weeks, pointing to the five-inning or 80-pitch limitation placed on Phil Hughes this past season as a negative in his development, that it somehow will prevent Hughes from pitching deeper into games some day and hinder his chances of going seven or eight innings in the big leagues. "Who's worrying about seven or eight innings in the bigs...

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