Still no update on Phil Hughes

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Via Chad Jennings and Mark Feinsand, the Yankees still don’t have an update on the status of Phil Hughes, who underwent five more hours of medical examination today. They did some blood work and a dye-contrast MRI. The doctor(s) will be in the house later on tonight, and it’s possible they’ll know more then. Jon Heyman said Hughes used words like “tightness,” “soreness,” and “shooting” to describe what he’s feeling in arm. It’s not pain, but the soreness is “lingering.” I’m not a doctor, though I do play one on the internet, and that doesn’t sound good.

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  • Ross in Jersey

    So what you’re saying is he’s dead.

  • Mister Delaware

    He’s never going to pitch again and its all Cashman’s fault.

  • bakekrukow412

    This has got to be a blood clot or aneurysm or something along those lines.

    • Mister Delaware

      If that’s what it was with David Cone, that’s what it must be with Hughes.

    • Bob Stone

      I does sound eerily similar to David Cone’s aneurysm.

      As I look back on Hughes injury history, I am getting the feeling that he is potentially the “Nick Johnson” of Yankee pitchers.

  • Jerome S.

    I still blame society.

    • JerseyDutch

      Blame Javy. Or Canada.

  • Snake Plissken

    JR Richard says Hughes is lazy

  • Kiersten

    I blame Javy Vazquez.

    • Drew

      +1. Javy is always a credible scapegoat.

      • Snake Plissken

        Javy rode a tank
        Held a generals rank
        When the blitzkrieg raged
        And the bodies stank

        When Javy saw it was a time for a change
        Killed the czar and his ministers
        Anastasia screamed in vain

        Javy’s been around for a long, long year
        Stole many a mans soul and faith

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          They screamed, “Javy killed Ian Kennedy”

          • bobtaco

            But after all, it was Steve Lombardi… ??

    • bexarama

      I blame A-Rod.

  • Pastadivingarod

    I am praying for a pinched nerve

  • zs190

    No news is good news, right? right? Already went through panic period on the day that his bullpen was cut short so I’m just going to hope for the best here.

    KLaw on his ESPN podcast says that the description of Phil’s symptoms is typical of pitchers suffering shoulder injuries. He’s not a doctor obviously and I hope it’s not a shoulder injury, but usually when it quacks like a duck, look like a duck, it probably is a duck…

    • TheLastClown

      So you’re saying he’s a Communist?

    • Snake Plissken

      so you’re saying KLaw is a duck

    • Gonzo

      Or it could be bad news. Maybe the wait is caused by them trying to get a second opinion. They probably wouldn’t get a second opinion with a good prognosis maybe.

    • Ted Nelson

      Something is wrong with his shoulder, so I don’t really see that as huge insight into the situation by Law… “My shoulder is numb.” “That sounds like a shoulder injury.” Yes. There is an injury in his shoulder. That’s a shoulder injury. Whether it’s something minor, major, or career threatening is really the question here. That his shoulder is injured has been established.

      • NJYankeeFan

        Not necessarily. Numbness could be from a pinched nerve in his neck or a plexus injury which is like a stinger football players get. Either of those would be far preferable to a rotator cuff, labrum or capsule injury to the shoulder.

  • Snake Plissken

    Rob Dibble says Hughes needs to “suck it up,kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can’t have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow.”

    • Sam P.

      What, did Dibble get another job on the radio somewhere?! Haha.

      (Very glad to have seen the Nats give him the boot after that one)

      • Stratman9652

        Unfortunately yes, he is still on the radio. Even worse its on a national scale. He’s on MLB network radio on Sirius XM. Luckily they hide him on the early morning show around 7 in the morning. Ironically, the MLBN radio channel is still light years more intelligent than its TV counterpart.

  • TheLastClown

    It’s that malignant, pernicious addiction to video games.

    • Tom Zig

      and porn

      • Kevin G.

        Worked out well for Matsui, didn’t it?

        • The Big City of Dreams


          • Gonzo

            Godzilla was a porn freak. It was said that he traded porn with some of the Japanese reporters.

        • Steve H

          Did not work out well for Eddie Griffin (NBA).

    • Peter R

      I thought it was because he was lazy and out of shape.

      • Jimmy

        Now he’s Dominican?

  • Chris

    How can he describe what he’s feeling as “shooting” without pain? It’s shooting tightness? That makes no sense.

    • johnny

      When you put excess pressure on a nerve it can cause accending or decending numbness or tingling…maybe thats what hes describing.

  • Rockdog

    We’re Doooooooooooomed!!!! Doooooooooooooomed! We can’t even develop any pitchers, we have the worst front office in the history of mankind and we’re sending octogenarian re-treads out to pitch.

    Wait, what … we’re in first place? We have a great line up? The bullpen should be solid? We have a great farm system? We can (gasp) trade for another pitcher (or three).

    Obviously, not a year where everything is going right for us (like that ever happens), but I am getting a little tired of the panicking trolls.

    (I might have spent a little too much tired reading RAB this afternoon).

    • Ross in Jersey

      Randy Levine DOES suck, though.

      • Rockdog

        Yea, hard to argue that one. At least Cashman gets to make most of the decisions now … I think.

    • Snake Plissken

      “we’re sending octogenarian re-treads out to pitch.”
      Clemens is back?!?

      • Rockdog

        SOmeone suggested Guidry the other day, as a joke, (I think?)

        • Mister Delaware

          It was me and it was a joke.

          • Bob Stone

            Very appropriate – Good joke.

  • Dr. House MD (degree from

    Looked up what Hughes is describing he’s feeling, the closest that I could find were bone spurs (this was literally a word for word description of what Hughes has been talking about), tendinitis, or something called pseudogout.

    Best case all of them can be dealt with through rest, ice, and tons of rehab even the bone spurs if they aren’t to serious. This takes months so he isn’t going on a mound anytime soon

    Worst case: he has surgery

    Either way he’s probably done for the year

    • ROBTEN

      Maybe Foreman and I should break into Hughes’ house looking for toxins?

      • Gonzo


      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        At least it’s not Lupus.

        • Bob Stone

          That’s funny. We needed that.

      • Will (the other one)

        Check under the sink. Oh, and in the ductwork, just in case he’s hiding off-brand liquor there.

    • Peter R


      • Tank the Frank

        What’s with all the mock concern? This is actually a big deal, and one time where a panic-type reaction wouldn’t be totally uncalled for.

        This is not good news.

        • radnom

          What’s with all the mock concern?

          You must be new here. Any and all negative discussion* must be quickly and swiftly rebutted with massive ridiculing a an over-simplified strawman version of the original concern.

          *Unless it involves Jeter.

    • Gonzo

      Very good work. Do you do freelance work? I have…um…my friend has a rash.

      • Dr. House MD (degree from

        Tell him to stop visiting those “friendly ladies of the night” and some good old fashion anitbiotics

    • johnny

      Unfortunately his symptoms also match up with thorasic outlet syndrome…which is bad…see j.bonderman. It can happen with increased weight gain (muscle or fat) and leads to weakness, numbness, pain, which can be decending from the core of the body down the effected arm.

      • Bob Stone

        Is this syndrone related to what a lot of RAB commenters Have? Namely Bowel Optate? That is a condition where the optic nerve somehow gets corss-connected to the large intestine. The result (and main symptom) – Everything looks kinda shitty!

  • Matt Imbrogno
  • Bob Stone


  • Steve

    When I think of shooting, I think of pain……..that does not sound good at all. I wonder why he’s feeling pain now all of a sudden when he hasn’t thrown in a couple of days. Maybe a result of being cooped up in MRI tubes and being poked and prodded? That’s what I have to hope for.

    • S

      “shooting” is just a term to associate the spreading of the feeling not necessarily pain, but thats what we commonly link the word to.

  • Epy0n

    This thread is gold good work RAB posters. So what if Hughes is out lets say what do we do? What does our starting rotation look like once we realize Hughes is not coming back for a while?

  • AndrewYF

    Maybe Hughes is a gun enthusiast and described ‘shooting’ as how his arm feels after firing a double-barreled shotgun.

  • chris

    He has dead arm from waving Rangers and Knicks playoff towels at MSG.