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 (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 east 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 quickly remembered how dreadful Hughes in 2011, following his infamous 18-8 season.
The reason for concern 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.
Then last season Hughes pit...