Hughes may have low-level thoracic outlet syndrome

Joe Girardi said in his post-game press conference that some of the tests run on Phil Hughes show that the right-hander may have a low-level amount (is that the right word? not sure how to phrase it) of thoracic outlet syndrome. Hughes will go to St. Louis to see a specialist who will determine a) if he has it, and b) the necessary treatment. I’m not a doctor (Girardi said it was a circulation problem), so I have no idea what the hell that means. I do know this: Jeremy Bonderman had thoracic outlet syndrome in 2008, and he was never the same again.

Update: Some other players that have had it: Matt Harrison, Noah Lowry, Kenny rogers, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Update Part Deux: Turns out someone I know has TOS, didn’t even know they had it. It’s basically a “cluster of pinched nerves,” and the recovery time depends on the severity. It could have been caused by something like a herniated disc, for example. My buddy had to stop bowling, which is obviously a lot less strenuous than throwing a baseball in the big leagues.

Teixeira leaves game with sore shoulder

Update (9:37pm): Tex woke up with a sore shoulder after diving for a ball last night, and it started to bother him after he dove for another ball tonight. He’s just sore, there are no tests scheduled. Phew.

Original Post (9:07pm): Eric Chavez pinch hit for Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the eighth inning tonight, though it’s unclear why the Yankees’ starting first baseman left the game. There was no obviously play where he might have injured himself, though he did get pulled off the bag by an errand throw in the previous half inning. That’s the only thing I can think of. We’ll update this post once we learn more.

Yanks’ season ticket holder account info leaked

Updated (8:41 p.m.): The Yankees’ ticket office accidentally leaked personal information from nearly 20,000 season ticket holder accounts, Deadspin and NYY Stadium Insider. The accidental leak, first reported by sjanowsky on the NYY Fans forum, is said to contact names, addresses, phone numbers and accounts numbers for non-premium season ticket holders.

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky had more:

Precisely 21,466 season ticket plans are listed in the document, representing all of the “non-premium” seats that make up the vast majority of Yankee Stadium, excluding only the suites and the first few rows in the infield. So the high rollers and celebrities aren’t in here. Instead it’s regular folks like Mike Janos of Tarrytown, N.Y., who has seats 19 through 24 in row 18 of section 211, or small businesses like All American Laundry in the Bronx, which opted for the 15-game “Friday” plan.

The release of the spreadsheet can be traced to a simple mistake by a hapless Yankees season ticket rep, one wrong click revealing the team’s records to all of his contacts. Monday morning, an account executive sent an email to nearly 2,000 clients, a regular informational newsletter that they receive periodically. According to several fans who received the email, a file labeled “STL Homestand Newsletter (042511)” was attached that contained the information on all non-premium ticket holders — not just the rep’s own licensees.

Within minutes, he attempted to “recall” the message using a Microsoft Outlook command, but this only works if both parties use the same system. Thousands received the file.

We called multiple season ticket holders at random, based on their entries in the file. First we tried their work numbers, then their cell phones, and finally their email addresses. None had heard a single thing from the Yankees about their information being leaked. (The Yankees haven’t returned our call.)

Deadspin is currently “working on a way for fans to check if their information has been compromised,” but based upon reports on Twitter and NYY Fans, anyone with a non-premium ticket plan should just assume his or her account information was included on the spreadsheet. Petchesky notes that the security implications of this inadvertent leak are unclear. Because most people aren’t very creative with passwords, it’s probably likely that some accounts could be accessed, and season ticket holders should just their online account passwords to something more secure.

Outside of the security implications, the leak gives us a glimpse into the Yanks’ ticket sales volume. Ross at NYY Stadium Insider summarized:

  • The Yankees’ total non-premium ticket licensee ticket revenue for far in 2011 is approximately $131,978,910 (plus or minus 1% accuracy due to possible discounting)
  • There are 17,686 non-premium subscriber accounts
  • There are 26,904 full season equivalents
  • There are 21,468 ticket plans
  • There are 59,498 ticket plan seats
  • 2,179,237 total subscriber tickets sold

These numbers show a robust volume of sales but seem to fall short of claims by Yankee brass. Still, the club is obviously not hurting for ticket sales and fans. Whether those folks are showing up to the games is another question.

The team, meanwhile, issued a perfunctory statement. They confirmed that season ticket account ID numbers were released but said that the spreadsheet did not contain any birth dates, social security numbers, credit card numbers, or other financial info. “The Yankees deeply regret this incident and any inconvenience that it might cause,” the team said in the statement.

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A few minutes ago, the Yankees sent an email out to their season ticket holders notifying them of the security breach. The email, sent without a subject line and posted in its entirety after the jump, claims that “remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again.” The club has not urged its season ticket holders to change their account passwords but did reiterate the fact that no financial data was included in the leak. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

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Game 21: Just win

Not again. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

No heartbreak tonight, pls.

Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Andruw Jones, LF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Curtis Granderson, CF

Bartolo Colon, SP

Apparently the Low-A Charleston squad in the house watching the game tonight, so hopefully some of that Slade Heathcott and J.R. Murphy magic rubs off on some of the big guys. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Just call him Jose Orte-gone-no

Via Matt Eddy, the Yankees have released left-hander Jose Ortegano. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because he not only never pitched for the Yankees at the big league level, but he also never pitched for them in the minors. He started the season on the disabled list after being claimed off waivers at the end of Spring Training, and was designated for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Buddy Carlyle. So long Jose, we hardly knew ye.

Still no update on Phil Hughes

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.

At Long Last: New RAB Merchandise

Can you believe it’s been three-and-a-half years since the Save The Big Three shirts? Good times, though I don’t even wear mine anymore. The vendor was used wasn’t great and those things shrunk like you wouldn’t believe. It was the thought that counted anyway.

Today I’m happy to (finally) announce that we’re getting back into the merchandise game, though it’s not just t-shirts anymore. Now you can get hoodies, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, all sorts of stuff at the River Ave. Blues Shop. And if you do just want a t-shirt, you can now customize the colors and what not, which is always cool. The prices are reasonable and in the interest of full disclosure, yes we do get a cut of the sales, though not all of it. I wish.

We have the one design above with the street sign logo and what not, plu this numbers design courtesy of Tyler Wilkinson. He also designed our podcast logo, and will be providing us with more in the future. We just launched the shop today, so the selection is limited for the time being.

Update: If you’re having trouble with your shopping cart (as in, it’s empty even though it shouldn’t be), just clear the cache and cookies within your browser and you’ll be good to go.