Phil Hughes scratched from today’s start with back spasms

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Phil Hughes was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Rays today, but he’s unavailable because of back spasms that have bothered him since last week.

Hector Noesi will get the Game 1 start instead, but he’s been used strictly as a reliever this season and is expected to throw just 50-60 pitches before Joe Girardi turns things over to the bullpen.

Hughes spent more than two months on the disabled list with what the Yankees called shoulder fatigue, but has pitched reasonably well since returning in early July with a 4.67 ERA and 42/20 K/BB ratio in 64 innings, including back-to-back Quality Starts.

José Abreu undergoes lower abdominal surgery, expected out two weeks

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White Sox first baseman José Abreu underwent lower abdominal surgery on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was an outpatient procedure that is expected to keep him away from baseball activity for two weeks.

Abreu, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s lineup, his first day off in more than two months. This season, Abreu has hit a productive .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 plate appearances.

The White Sox will likely play Matt Davidson at first base and put Daniel Palka at DH while Abreu is out.