A few random stats as you get through the afternoon:
Mike Myers has pitched 12.1 innings. He didn’t get to that point last season until June 13. He has volunteered to start a game if they need somebody and he’s serious about it. Now figure this out: lefties are 6 of 21 against Myers. Righties are 0 for 16. Since Myers came to the Yankees, lefties are 24-91 (.264) against him and righties are 11-65 (.169).
Jason Giambi hasn’t homered since April 19.
Bobby Abreu … yikes. He is 4 of his last 39 (a Mientkiewiczian .103) with no RBI, 13 Ks and 5 GIDPs.
Finally, I’m getting a lot of e-mail asking me how long Phil Hughes will be out. Nobody can say for sure. But consider this. When Mike Mussina strained his hamstring on April 11, the Yankees said it was so minor that he might not even go on the disabled list. Well, he did and he will be pitching for the first time tomorrow.
That’s three weeks.
Joe Torre and Brian Cashman said the injury was significant. Clearly Hughes has a large tear. He grabbed at it and limped off, something Mussina never did. Figure 4-6 weeks to heal up.
Then comes the whole process to build up his arm. Throwing off flat ground. Throwing in the bullpen. Throwing batting practice. Throwing 3 innings in a rehab game. Throwing 5 innings in a rehab game. There will be 3-5 days between all of those steps.
Add it up and you’re looking at another three weeks. In all, we’re looking at a 10-week process. If all goes well, Hughes could be back in the majors after the All-Star break.
That’s being optimistic. Considering his value, the organization will go very slowly with him. Leg injuries can lead to arm injuries and the last thing the Yankees want is a 6-5, 225 pound kid being afraid to push off with his legs and throwing with all arm.
July 31 against the White Sox would be my guess.