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Postgame notes: The next step for Hughes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s Joe Girardi explaining the Phil Hughes situation.

“One of the tests they did with Phil showed — and we’re not saying he has it and we’re not saying he doesn’t — a real low-level risk of thoracic outlet syndrome, which is basically a circulatory problem… We’re sending him to a specialist in St. Louis to either rule it out or rule that he does have it.”

Hughes will see Dr. Robert William Thompson. Girardi wasn’t sure exactly when that exam will occur.

“I think any time you talk about circulation problems, there’s some concern,” Girardi said. “This is different than what Coney had (David Cone famously had an aneurysm). These are different type of things, but there’s always a concern.”

Hughes was still at the stadium after the game, but he didn’t meet with the media. No kidding, there’s a solid chance he was watching the Lightning game and didn’t want to walk away from a close playoff game. Frankly, he’s said enough about the subject in the past few days, and I doubt he could tell us much anyway unless he’s gotten his medical degree during this time on the disabled list.

The Mayo Clinic website specifically names “sports-related activities” as a possible cause of thoracic outlet syndrome and says it is often treated with rehab.

Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome usually involves physical therapy and pain relief measures. Most people improve with these conservative approaches. In some cases, however, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Here’s Girardi.

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• The star of the night was obviously Bartolo Colon. He’s the guy filling in for Hughes, and he’s been terrific. “I feel really good that I’m helping the team because in spring training (Girardi) told me if anything happens, you’re going to be the man for a job in the rotation,” Colon said.

• Colon had not pitching eight innings since September 22, 2007 with the Angels. “I can’t remember seeing him like that since he was in Cleveland or with the Angles,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “His ball was moving great. But I feel proud of him, especially knowing all the arm issues that he has gone through. Buehrle was good tonight, but Colon was better.”

• According to Elias, more than half of Colon’s strikes have been called this season (14 of 26).

• Yankees starters have held opponents to one earned run or less in each of their last four games, good for a 0.95 ERA during that stretch. Each starter has pitched well the last time through the rotation.

• Mark Teixeira hurt his right shoulder making a diving play in the third inning yesterday. It didn’t really both him until he work up this morning, felt better at game time, and it started bothering him again after the top of the eighth. That’s why Eric Chavez pinch hit. Girardi said there are no tests scheduled. “He’s just sore,” Girardi said.

• Mariano Rivera bounced back from blown saves in his previous two outings to get his eighth save of the season. According to the Yankees it’s the fifth time in his career that he’s had eight saves before April 30 (he’s never had more than eight).

• Rivera has the save or win in each of the Yankees nine home wins.

• Robinson Cano has homered in back-to-back games and four of his last five at Yankee Stadium. He is 6-for-14 with two home runs in his career against Buehrle.

• Cano seemed to have fallen into a small rut before these past few days brought him out of it. “I was jumping instead of staying back and doing my regular swing,” he said. He and Kevin Long did their familiar net drill before today’s game.

• Francisco Cervelli was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight. He’s scheduled to catch again tomorrow.

• If you missed it in the game post, a Yankees ticket representative accidentally sent a mass email containing the name, address, email address, phone number and seat number of several thousand season ticket accounts. No birthdays, social security numbers or credit card information was sent. The employee essentially attached the wrong document to an email. The Yankees have sent a letter to ticket holders explaining the situation.

“A mistake was made and we’re being as transparent as we possibly can,” a spokesperson said. “We’ve already taken steps to assure this cannot and will not happen again.”

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