Injury updates: Phil Hughes, John Danks to start season on DL

Nick Laham

John Danks and Phil Hughes will start the regular season on the DL.

A pair of starting pitchers are set to begin their 2013 campaign on the shelf, as the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox have said that Phil Hughes and John Danks with start the season on the disabled list.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters -- including Joel Sherman of The New York Post -- that right-hander Phil Hughes will start the year on the DL. Hughes experienced a back injury that has delayed his progress this spring. He has since resumed pitching, and he could make his season debut as soon as the second week of April.

Hughes owns a career ERA of 4.39 over six seasons in the majors. With the 26-year-old starting the season on the DL, the Yankees will enter the year with a starting rotation containing CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova and David Phelps.

The White Sox will also be minus a starter to open the year, as Chicago placed John Danks on the DL, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com. The team has not yet set a timetable for Danks' return, but it's clear he requires more time to gain arm strength and get his velocity and command back to prior levels.

Danks struggled last season -- 5.70 ERA over nine starts -- before an injury shut him down. The 27-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.12 over six seasons in the majors.

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