Hughes out at least 6-8 more weeks

Game 28: No Curveballs
Jeter day-to-day with sore hip

Phil Hughes is at least another six weeks away from rejoining the Yankees, and the young right-hander, battling shoulder inflammation, received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, team officials revealed before tonight’s game. While the Yankees were very concerned that Hughes was suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, the club has been more worried about Hughes’ right shoulder inflammation than they were letting on, and on April 28, they gave their number three starter an injection.

Hughes will now rest for two weeks before beginning a throwing program. If all goes according to plan, Hughes could rejoin the team in six weeks, but Brian Cashman said it could be at least another eight weeks until the starter is back on the mound in the Bronx. “Clearly he’ll have to build his arm strength up again, and that will be that true test if we’re through the woods,” the Yanks’ GM said. “Hopefully, this is just a bump in the road.” The club does not plan to send their pitcher for more tests right now, and hopefully, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon can hold the fort in his absence.

Game 28: No Curveballs
Jeter day-to-day with sore hip
  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    We’ll see you in August (at best), Phil. Mo-speed, but don’t hurry.

    2011 is not as important as the rest of your career.

  • Tom Zig

    Who comes back first

    Phil Hughes
    Pedro Feliciano
    Damaso Marte

    • YankeesJunkie

      You ordered pretty well already.

      • Tom Zig

        I have a hard time believing that Hughes comes back in 6-8 weeks. No one seems to know what the problem is.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Yeah, but I think he will be back in 2011 sometime, can’t say the same about the other two.

    • Slugger27

      i think hughes at least has a chance to be back this year. the other 2 are done.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    I’m afraid that Hughes will never become a valuable pitcher because of all of his injuries. I hope he comes back strong and try to get something for him this offseason because he scares me.

    • Jorge

      Out of all of his “injuries”, this is really the only one relevant to his long-term success as a pitcher. It’s really this one incident which brings up concern, and its not an unprecedented occurrence. My money’s on Phil being just fine in the end.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        I don’t know. I hope he is fine. Even if he isn’t it’s okay for the Yankees I’d say. If they were to trade Hughes, what’s the best they could get for him? John Danks? I still wouldn’t do it. Maybe Hughes, Montero, and Betances for Josh Johnson. I can dream.

        • Mister Delaware

          You need to play the “what would the other team say” game.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Maybe Hughes, Montero, and Betances for Josh Johnson. I can dream.

          They might not do that even for a fully healthy Phil Hughes.

        • Zack

          Not sure we can discuss Hughes’ trade value before he actually pitches again. It’s zero right now, and it’s zero if he doesn’t show 90+ when/if he returns.

          • Thomas Cassidy

            I don’t see what his problem is. I’m curious to know what can cause his lack of velocity. I think he’s just tired. He has never pitched that many innings in a year before. I just think he’s tired and needs a month or two to not throw a baseball. On the JJ trade, look at what Lee was traded for twice, Sabathia traded for, and then Halladay was traded for. The Yankees should give FLA Ivan Nova and Ramiro Pena.

            • Gonzo

              Check the years on the contracts when traded please.

              • Thomas Cassidy

                I know what the year’s are. But what they got for those players were complete shit, and there is no way they couldn’t have found a better deal somewhere else.

  • Wandering Bear

    Great news. Unfortunately even if he did come back we couldn’t hit for him.

  • Gonzo

    I guess it made sense is that the team was more worried than the let on to be.

    It might be just me, but I always feel like the team downplays injuries or concern.

  • NJYankeeFan

    If he had a cortisone injection to his shoulder, he either had rotator cuff tendonitis or shoulder bursitis, either of which could cause a dead arm feeling and sap velocity.
    Now that they’ve ruled out circulatory and/or neurological pathology, the steroid injection followed by some rest and then a strengthening program should do the trick.
    This is the most optimistic I’ve felt about Hughes in a few weeks.

  • Dino Velvet

    did he ever see the specialist for thoracic outlet syndrome?

    • NJYankeeFan

      Yes. That’s why he was in St Louis.

  • Gonzo

    So is the diagnosis deader arm?

  • nick

    “If all goes according to plan, Hughes could rejoin the team in six weeks, but Brian Cashman said it could be at least another eight weeks until the starter is back on the mound in the Bronx.”

    just to clarify, it’ll be an additional eight weeks after the six weeks, so 14 weeks overall or am i mis-interpreting the sentence above??

    • NJYankeeFan

      I took it to mean Hughes could be pitching again for the Yankees in 6-8 weeks.

    • Cuso

      yes, you’re misreading it a bit, although I agree it’s worded strangely.

      8 weeks away

    • unfixed

      From what I gathered today:

      6 weeks the least
      8 weeks the most

      1st 2 weeks: rest and conditioning
      next 4-6 weeks: rehab

      • nick

        thanks guys.

  • Rob Thomsen’s Chili Farts

    If he pitches in 2011, what impact will the low amount have on his number of 2012 innings? Any?

    • Thomas Cassidy

      It will depend on how many innings he throws this year. If he throws 150 innings then he should be able to go 200+ next season, but I don’t see him coming back soon enough to throw 130 innings, let alone 150.

  • Blaise

    From espn:

    “Hughes has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a dislocated fastball” Where is his fastball indeed? He certainly seems to have misplaced, or “dislocated,” it.

    • Rob Thomsen’s Chili Farts


  • Cuso

    Jeter is headed to the DL as well.

    It’s not official. But watching the replay of that swing in the 8th, it looks like he’s gonna miss a bit of time.

    • Rob Thomsen’s Chili Farts

      First good news of the day. LOL!

      • The Big City of Dreams


    • Dr. O

      I thought Girardi said day-to-day with a sore hip?

    • TeoMcDohl

      Source: LoHud Yankees Blog

      As you might expect, Jeter said it’s not an injury at all and he absolutely expects to play tomorrow. His hip got stiff tonight, but that’s all.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      We have a Jeter update on site. Please keep comments on topic here.

  • Dr. O

    If not for actual doctors putting their names to these diagnosis’ I’d be convinced Cashman & Girardi were just frantically searching webmd “Uhhhhhh, lupus? Check if that could effect pitch velocity.”

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      He’s probably just running low on blinker fluid.

  • BklynJT

    This looks pretty bad on the Yankees…

    If they had Hughes examined from the get go, instead of having him throw more after being “diagnosed” with dead arm (how does that even make sense???) they would have caught this inflammation early on and would have avoided the set back caused by the additional throwing program that they put him on.

  • jorge brosada

    Ehh im not too worked up about Hughes, as long as he regains that oh so precious velo.

    Big boy Bartolo can hold down the fort for a while

    • Dr. O

      god bless Tony Pena indeed. Even if Colon wears down as the season progresses that was a great signing. I don’t even want to think of how this season might be going without him.

  • Esteban

    RIP Phil Hughes.
    *pours one out*