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Yankees Injury News: Oh not Hughes already

The first injury in New York Yankees spring training camp was reported by ESPN New York earlier today; and surprise, surprise it was pitcher Phil Hughes.

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes (Photo credit: alexabboud)

He is suffering from a bulging disc in his back, which gave me déjà vu, as the Yankees despicable off-season made it easy to forget about the team’s existing issues.

Hughes is not unfamiliar to injury, as the 26-year-old is well acquainted with the DL (disabled list).

I started thinking how dreadful Hughes was in 2011, following his infamous 18-8 season.

The reason for concern here is that Hughes returned after 2010 and literally couldn’t pitch. It was like watching Jekyll and Hyde on the mound.

After his first three starts in April of 2011, the Yankees had no choice but place Hughes on the DL. As in those three starts Hughes went 0-2, with an ERA of 13.94. He gave up 19 runs, four homers, and managed just three strikeouts. That is a far cry from All-Star the season before.

This last season Hughes pitched much better, going 16-13, with an ERA of 4.23. Still it was hard to trust Hughes as any pitcher would be who gives up 35 homers and 101 runs over 32 total starts.

In 2010 Hughes started 29 games, and his body couldn’t recover from that workload. He made 32 regular season starts in 2012, along with throwing a career high of 191 innings.

So is it feasible to be concerned that this could happen again?

You are darn right it is.

But what fans should be really worried about is not his injury history but this specific one.

Hughes complained of his back last season, and it got so bad that he had to leave in the fourth inning of ALCS Game three vs. Tigers.

So it is conceivable that this injury has lingered for months.

Add that to his body being worn down from last season, and that usually spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Per usual GM Brian Cashman downplayed the severity of the injury. As initially what was supposed to be two to four days was upped to at least two weeks within hours. Most fans should know never to believe the Yankee brass when giving injury updates, as it is most certainly being downplayed so not to cause utter panic.

Point here is that Phil Hughes is one of the youngest Yankees on the roster this season, and he is not supposed to be already is hurt.

The bottom line here is that fans can hope that this isn’t the start to another injury plagued season in the Bronx because the 2013 Yankees team will not be able to weather a storm this time.

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8 Comments

  1. Tom says:

    "Point here is that Phil Hughes is one of the youngest Yankees on the roster this season, and he is not supposed to be already is hurt."

    Wow, such well thought out nonsense. Yep, he's done for the year.

    • LLP says:

      Tom – would it surprise you if Hughes was on and off DL all season? It shouldn't with his injury history….and I never said he is done for the year but the Yankees cannot afford to start Hughes over and over while he works out his kinks. Remember last April??? That was an f'n mess.

  2. Bob C. says:

    Seem's like what we have here is another Carl Pavono..Pay me boy's,but i don't want to play BALL…

  3. Richard says:

    Damn, put him on the DL, trade him, he's worthless. First week of Spring Training and all the crazies are coming out.

    • LLP says:

      Richard- Hughes has had this injury before along with a handful of other issues. He pitched a full season in 2012, just like he did in 2010……do you see the pattern? Hughes has yet to go back to back seasons but I wonder what he did during the off season to prepare. Last year the Yankees sent him to a training camp, my guess is he did not voluntarily return on his own accord this off season.

      • Richard says:

        He had a herniated disc issue in 2004. There is NO pattern. Reports are that he's in good shape.

        • LLP says:

          What about Hughes dead arm that cost him most of 2011?

          What about when he left ALCS Game 3 last season because of a herniated disc issue? Remember the Yankees had to use their bullpen for over 5 innings.

          What about in 2007when he suffered from a strained his hamstring? After 94 days rehabing, he sprianed his ankle when he was supposed to return from the hamstring.

          What about in 2008 when his velocity dropped and he had a stress fracture in his rib? Missed 118 days for that injury.

          This is just his time in the bigs as the season (2006) before he came up he had elbow tendonitis and a broken toe.