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Behind those five, Phil Hughes has been inconsistent as he returns to full health following shoulder issues.

“We’ve had some surprises that have come out of nowhere for us,” Cashman said. “I look forward to racing down the Red Sox and catching them and passing them.”

The Yankees also have left-hander Manny Banuelos and righty Adam Warren at Triple-A. Cashman indicated either or both could still have a role to play on the big club this season. Banuelos, especially, seems likely, though he was only promoted from Double-A on Sunday. The Yankees have just one left-hander in their bullpen, and Boone Logan has had some rough outings this season.

Cashman also didn’t rule out making some additions in August, when players must clear waivers before being traded.

“It’s nice to have those guys down below, pushing themselves, as an insurance policy,” Cashman said.

Much better, the Yankees think, than having those guys on someone else’s roster.

“I mean, who are we going to trade for?” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “Freddy and Bartolo were two great pickups in the offseason, and both of those guys have been tremendous. I think we’re right where we want to be at.”