Here is my point on Phil Hughes:
The Yankees said on Feb. 12 when spring training started that they had this carefully laid out plan for him and he wouldn’t be going to the majors. They said the same exact thing when they sent him down in March. This plan was based on months of research and evaluation.
Then a bunch of guys got hurt and – whoosh – there went the plan.
Which is fine. That is their right and pro ball is pro ball. Sometimes you have to make adjustments. But that doesn’t make it a good idea.
The kid was pitching one hell of a game tonight. He was eight outs away from never having to buy another drink in his life. There’s Mark Teixeira 0-2 and waiting for the changeup that struck him out in the first inning. So Hughes was going to throw him the best curveball he had ever thrown.
Hughes told us stepped too far in an attempt to really get on top of the pitch and throw it low. His momentum carried him downward, he got off balance and he tore his hamstring. Next time, and hopefully there is a next time, he will throw the pitch the right way.
Yes, he hurt his hamstring in high school. He was a batter running to first.
It’s a shame the Yankees needed him this early. Hughes was so determined to prove himself that he ended up injured. It’s too bad he didn’t have four months of conditioning, weight training and long-tossing under his belt before he was trying to throw that pitch. Maybe his hammy would have survived it. Who knows?
Hughes said all the right things tonight. But the look on Brian Cashman’s face said it all. He was horrified. It could have been worse; it could have been an elbow or a shoulder. But it’s still pretty bad, Grade 2 at least. He will be out a couple of months at least.
Sure, this absolutely could have happened tonight in Scranton. But Scranton played Toledo tonight in front of 4,528 fans. Their No. 3 hitter was Timo Perez. Do you think Hughes would have looked at Timo Perez in the seventh inning and felt the same way he did against Mark Teixeira? Do you think he would have tried so hard that his mechanics got all out of whack?
By the way, Matt DeSalvo started tonight for Scranton and was good. He is 3-0, 1.05. I would guess he gets the start Sunday.
Here is Brian Cashman:
And some of Phil Hughes when I got close enough to record it: