Phil Hughes Set Back


Bryan Hotch reports today that the Yankees cut Phil Hughes bullpen short after about 20 pitches when something was clearly not right. Here’s the quote from Hotch:

Phil said he “felt like there was nothing coming out of his arm on the pitches”… “It’s just the same as before,” Hughes said. “It’s dead, nothing coming out. I didn’t bounce back odd that long bullpen session like I would have liked. It’s just a lot of deadness.”

Phil also stated he felt like he was around 120 pitches instead of 20. Not good. Hughes will report to see Dr. Chris Ahmad today to be evaluated.

After his initial struggles many of us were wondering if Hughes was injured however the Yankees did not order an MRI. Sounds like they’ll certainly be sending Hughes for one now. Hughes was slated to make a rehab start later this week. Girardi did say he felt no pain, which is obviously a good sign.

As for the rotation, here’s hoping Bartolo and Garcia continue to pitch well.

8 thoughts on “Phil Hughes Set Back

  1. I hate to be the first to say this, but I do not find a lack of pain or other perceptible symptom a good sign at all. Physical symptoms have causes and potential cures. Absent any symptoms, he’s just another guy who throws slow fastballs to contact.

    This problem has been painfully (for fans) apparent for almost a year now and Phil was re-signed to a comparitively low-cost one-year contract for this reason, Even if an MRI somehow magically finds something that can be altered or repaired surgically, his rehab time will be prohibitive this season. My guess is they didn’t MRI him before now because once they do it becomes part of his league-mandated medical jacket. Their decision to skip even a few innings of work in the minors for evaluative purposes and their obvious reluctance to MRI him is proof to me they know he’s simply done and have known it for a while. Given the offseason concerns about our starting pitching, it’s not surprising at all they took a flyer on him by re-signing him.

    But given the promising early success of our rotation’s geezer recycling program and the stable of exciting young arms on the farm ready for a taste of the show, it should be clear to all his days as a starter are over and his time in pinstripes numbered.

    In time, in someone else’s organization, he may yet learn a few new pitches and make a living somewhere in the game. But he’s not a potential project like Garcia or Colon who had years to adjust to their fading speed and learn the craft of artful pitching. He can’t be taught to simply throw faster or harder, or master new pitches in the time frame left to him and the team this season. Whatever shred of value he may still have had as trade bait will only be destroyed by an MRI showing there’s nothing wrong, or an ill-advised mound appearance getting battered by minor leaguers that cheats one of our legit prospects of valuable innings and work.

    To keep him around only foils the team’s future planning and deal-making to improve the rotation, both for this season and long-term going forward. If they haven’t already started shopping him, I sure hope they do now and that it’s not too late. ….Thanks for the memories, Phil, and best of luck elsewhere.

  2. Did he work on his mechanics at all? Or just rest, then do some long toss, then get right back to his presumed (by me) bad habits/mechanics?

  3. Real simple folks:

    The Yankees should get Andy Pettitte to come out of retirement and trade for Derek Lowe.

    Sabathia/Lowe/Burnett/Pettitte/Garcia, Millwood, or Colon

    Pettitte costs only money, Lowe midlevel prospects and money (the Braves are not getting Betances, Banuelos, Brackman, Montero, or I’d say even Nova with him.)

    The Yankees could offset Lowe’s $15M for 2012 like this:

    -Re-sign Posada for a year and $5.85M if he’s good enough to be brought back ($13.1M – 5.85M = $7.25M cleared)

    -Let go of Kei Igawa ($4M cleared)

    -Buy out Damaso Marte ($4M – 250K buyout = $3.75M cleared)

    $15M cleared, $21.85M cleared- the cost of a new one-year DH (Eric Chavez for double what he’s making this year?) if they let go of Posada.