Yankees survive without Hughes?
Realistically, though? If Hughes is really going to miss four to six weeks, his loss probably costs the Yankees something like one win. Maybe two. Maybe none. There just isn't that much difference, over that short a span, between Hughes and whoever's going to pick up his starts.
Can you imagine the Yankees zooming into first place without a healthy Hughes? I sure can. They've outscored every other team in the American League, and their run differential is fourth-best in the AL. One certainly can imagine a starting rotation that includes Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte doing pretty well, or at least well enough. The bullpen's loaded with question marks, of course, but if you're a well-heeled team, the bullpen might be the easiest thing to fix.