Open Thread: Hughes’ Throwing Program

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

As you know by now, the Yankees placed Phil Hughes on the disabled list yesterday so he could deal with what’s being called a “dead arm phase.” He’ll begin a throwing program tomorrow according to Ian Begley, who reports that Hughes will throw long-toss on Sunday and Monday before resting on Tuesday. He’s going to throw the ball on a line rather than up in the air, and Larry Rothschild is going to pay attention to his arm speed. The soonest he would throw off a mound is Wednesday, but that’s not guaranteed. I don’t care what they do, as long it gets Hughes right.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Mets and Braves are playing the second game of their doubleheader, and the MLB Network will be carrying a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live. You’ve also got NBA and NHL playoff action all over the place, so there’s enough to keep you occupied on a rather miserable (weather-wise) night. You all know what to do, so have at it.

Long: Gardner needs to use his lower half more

Via George King, hitting coach Kevin Long found a mechanical flaw in Brett Gardner‘s swing during a recent video session. “He is not trying to lift the ball at all, it has more to do with what he is not doing with the lower half,” said K-Long. “He isn’t using the lower half. And he is looking at pitches and expanding the zone more than usual. He has been feeling for his swing.” For what it’s worth, I noticed that Gardner had abandoned the two-handed follow through during his at-bat today. OF course, it was just one at-bat. Hannah wondered if he should hit ninth, but me? I say absolutely, let him work out the kinks in a non-premium lineup spot.

Recommended: Check out this FanGraphs Community post about Gardner’s propensity to take strikes. Very interesting stuff.

Shockingly, Kevin Millwood looks “terrible”

Via Jayson Stark, an unnamed source (scout? GM? fan? he didn’t specify) gave a not so glowing review of Kevin Millwood from Extended Spring Training: “He looks terrible. Here’s a guy who used to throw 94-95. Now he’s throwing 86.” PitchFX only goes back so far, but Baseball Info Solutions says he hasn’t sat anywhere near 94-95 in the last ten years, but I guess I’m just nitpicking.

Millwood will make a start for Double-A Trenton on Sunday, and he told Mike Ashmore that he threw 75 pitches last time out and should be able to get it up to 90 this weekend. “My whole thing was trying to build up arm strength and trying to get my pitch count up [in Extended Spring Training],” said the righty. “And I did that. It still probably has a little ways to go, but it’s definitely closer than it was when I got here.”

A-Rod lifted with back and oblique stiffness

Update (3:18pm): The Yankees say that Alex left the game with “lower back and oblique stiffness,” and there are no tests planned at this time. Fingers crossed.

Original Post (2:55pm): Alex Rodriguez was lifted from today’s game in the seventh inning for an unknown reason. Eric Chavez replaced him defensively. It’s been raining pretty much all game, but there was nothing obvious that made it look like he got hurt. We’ll update this post with more info once we find out why he was lifted, but in the meantime I recommend full blown panic. Okay, not really.

Game 13: More rain for Gus & Freddy

"Bored during the delay? Go spend $55 on a porterhouse at NYY Steak." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The weather in New York isn’t good right now. It’s cold and rainy and windy and it’s expected to remain that way pretty much all day, though there’s a chance they’ll be able to play this afternoon’s game. It just won’t be pretty. Both Freddy Garcia and Gustavo Molina have had scheduled starts interrupted by the weather already once this year, so perhaps they’re just cursed. The Yankees had a real quick hook when it came to announcing their first two postponements, and I wonder if they will again today. The Rangers do come back to New York in mid-June, so they could take advantage and skip both Gus and Freddy once again. It’s not fair, but that’s life. Here’s the lineup, should they actually play…

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

Freddy Garcia, SP

Hooray for the first non-FOX Saturday broadcast of the season. The game is scheduled to begin shortly after 1pm ET, but then again who knows with the weather. YES will carry this one. Enjoy.