Phil Hughes played catch today, which Joe Torre said was a good sign. The Yankees are saying he will be out 4-6 weeks. Just keep in mind that almost every team in professional sports plays down injuries. When it comes to hamstrings, always add two weeks.
If you recall last season, Robinson Cano went from “we’re not even sure he has to go on the disabled list” to being out six weeks. Mike Mussina, who was supposed to come back the day be was eligible, missed another week.
Never believe what a team says about injuries. I can give you dozens of examples of players who were supposed to be out just a few weeks and it turned into months. The Yankees are not going to take a 20-year-old kid and rush him back knowing that pitchers with leg issues almost invariably develop arm problems because that don’t use their entire bodies in their deliveries.
I’m not trying to rain on anybody’s parade here. Just don’t get worked up about Hughes yet. He got hurt four days ago and still walking with a limp.
Meanwhile Wil Nieves is 0 for 17 and Miguel Cairo 0 for 9 this season. Nieves is 0 for 29 going back to 2005.
Prediction of the day: Not only will Nieves get a hit but it will be for extra bases.
There is no update on Carl Pavano’s examination by Dr. James Andrews. But every indication is that he will need surgery. He’s basically Fredo at this point.
Here is Joe Torre’s pregame interview, at least some of it. Most of the talk was about Chien-Ming Wang and Pavano.
Thanks to Kim Jones and the folks from YES for having me on before the game. Hopefully you don’t have high definition TV.