Hughes doing fine after latest throwing session

Thoughts following the off-day
2013 Season Preview: The First Basemen

Via George King: Phil Hughes made 50 throws from 60-feet on flat ground yesterday as he works his way back from the bulging disk that sidelined him for roughly two weeks. “We amped up the intensity a bit and doubled the throws,” he said. “I didn’t feel anything (in my back). I felt like I lost a tick of arm strength. Hopefully that comes back quick, it’s only been two weeks. Hopefully I get that back and go from there.”

Hughes, 26, said he has been pain free for five days and expects to begin a long-toss program to rebuild that arm strength soon. The trainers and coaches have yet to tell him when that will happen though, and they don’t have any throwing planned for today or tomorrow. If Hughes doesn’t get back on a mound and in game conditions within the next 10-14 days or so, it’s unlikely he’ll be stretched out in time for what would have been his first start of the regular season.

Thoughts following the off-day
2013 Season Preview: The First Basemen
  • Robinson Tilapia

    Not a slam dunk in terms of good news, but it is progress.

    • Pat D

      How dare you comment on the topic of this post and not link to a notorious article instead?

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Very well said Pay D imo his act is a clear case of treason.

        Off with his head :D

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Yes, but the Mike’s report says “expects to behind a long-toss” Which is clearly a reference to R-Till’s earlier post.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Somehow, I’m going to wind up being turned into Hideki Matsui here.

            • Jim Is Bored

              You think that hasn’t already happened?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I was hoping for safe haven and greener pastures here.

  • Vern Sneaker

    This is excellent news. It means it’ll be the second week of April, not the first, before I have to watch him give up a three-run game-tying home run in the sixth inning.

    • JohnC

      Also means an extra week or two that we are spared your whiny posts about him

      • Vern Sneaker

        It’s not whining. I say it with affection.

  • Betty Lizard

    Is there some sort of 12-step, “How to like Phil Hughes” program I can join?

    • Vern Sneaker

      I do like his at-the-locker post-game earnest “I have to do better” statements. He seems so contrite, it’s hard not to forgive.

    • Robinson Tilapia
    • Jim Is Bored

      Step 1: Admit you don’t like Phil Hughes.
      Step 2 – 11: ???
      Step 12: Profit.

      • Barry

        3. embrace the former spirit that encompasses what was “the big 3”
        4. drink a half of a v8
        5. wish for a more Moose-esque curveball
        6. ask tilapia for a suggestion on what to eat
        7. google chase wright
        8. drink second half of said v8
        9. google javier vazquez
        10. think happy thoughts, and remember Mo loves you
        11. be thankful that he is not #s 7 and 9

      • gageagainstthemachine

        Underpants Gnomes…I laughed.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Step 1. Look at his numbers last season, excluding April: 15-10, sub 4.00 ERA, 7.6 K/9.

      Step 2. Understand that the homers are going to happen (from May on he allowed roughly 1 homer per start.)

      Step 3. Realize he’s not an Ace. Or a “#2” or even a “#3,” but he’s our fourth starter and he still gives us close to 200 innings of above average production.

      Step 4. He’s cheap…

      Step 5. Stop expecting him to be an ace.

      Step 6. Like him or not, he’s helped us win a World Series.

      Step 7. He’s probably gone after this season anyway.

      I’m out of stuff.

      • Vern Sneaker

        Well said and I agree with all of it. You see, I really do like Phil Hughes, I really do like Phil Hughes, I really do like Phil Hughes, I really . . .

        • JohnC

          … are full of chit!

    • Mike HC

      I have a 4 step program

      Step 1 – Imagine he got traded to the NL West and turned into a Cy Young candidate

      Step 2 – If you squint hard enough you can pretend we have a young Roy Halladay

      Step 3 – Embrace the growing pains of homegrown young pitchers

      Step 4 – Let go and Let Phil

      • Betty Lizard

        I am tuning my chakras and releasing all negativity even as I type.

        • Mike HC

          It is almost 3pm by me, so your focus should be on the bladder to achieve perfect chakranicity.

  • Slade Heathbar

    Whew, I was crying for the team to offer Hughesy something like a 3/33 mill before the season. For a pitcher on the right side of 30 it seems like a lot of dead arm/back issues have come up in the past couple years.

  • trr

    not much love for Phil here

  • Jim Is Bored

    Is anyone else having the site load the mobile version randomly?

    • Manny’s BanWagon


    • Havok9120

      Yeah. Been going on for a week now. Mike and Co. are on the case.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Good to know, thanks.

    • Mike HC

      Yes, and when using the site on my mobile phone it wouldn’t allow me to use the regular site in the past. I like the regular site no matter device I’m on, I say just scrap the mobile site completely but that is obviously not realistic nor practical.

  • Havok9120

    The Tigers fans on MLBTR have us trading Nova, Joba, and a mid-level prospect for Rick Porcello.


    • gageagainstthemachine

      Which is a healthy reminder…”never drink the water in Detroit.”

    • Ed

      The scary part is that trade was posted by a guy who goes by the name “YankeeBaseball”.

      There was a Tiger fan that wants Joba to close for them. He seems to think they should give up “next to nothing” to get him.

      • Havok9120

        Oh yeah, I know he was the first. But the guys that came to his defense…sheesh. It’s especially wearing when in the context of the other Porcello trade proposals coming out of Tigerland. It’s getting silly.

    • Robinson Tilapia


      What would be a fair offer for Porcello, though?

  • Mike HC

    I get the feeling that Hughes arm will have to be dangling from a string for him to admit to any pain or problems from this point on. Millions of dollars depend on it.

  • voiceofirrationalrationale

    Why has porcello become persona non grata in Detroit ? Seems to be firmly standing on the trading block. Money ? Couldn’t be. Detroit’s been spending cash like it’s monopoly money. Why would I want a guy that Detroit doesn’t (seemingly). I probably wouldn’t do phelps straight up for him.