The big news yesterday was Phil Hughes being shut down because of upper back stiffness, well, he saw a local specialist and according to both George King and Joel Sherman, he was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back, he will be shut down for at least five days and will be put on anti-inflammatory medication.
Hughes is no stranger to back injuries – his stiff back cut his ALCS Game Three start short in 2012, he had back issues in 2011 and way back in 2004, he had a bulging disc. Speaking as someone who hurt her back in college, back injuries are annoying, and once you mess up your back, you never go back.
But let’s look at the bright side, shall we? At least this is happening now and not in August or September.
UPDATED: Looks like Hughes will be shut down longer. This is according to GM Brian Cashman who says Hughes is taking a ‘two-week timeout.’