Phil Hughes went through several hours of additional tests today, including a contrast dye MRI. He apparently had some blood work as well. The Yankees might have something to announce after they talk to Dr. Ahmad, but he won’t be here until later and no one seems certain of anything right now.
I’m not a medical expert — clearly — and I can’t really read into the additional tests. We know these tests were scheduled even before yesterday’s first round of medical examinations. Getting the dye MRI could be a sign that yesterday’s tests raised a red flag, or it could be an indication that they showed nothing and the Yankees decided to dig deeper. Blood work could be a follow-up to yesterday’s vascular tests, or it could be one more thing to rule out.
One thing I keep thinking about is this:
I feel perfectly healthy, but I’m fairly certain that if I were examined this thoroughly a doctor would find something wrong with me. And I haven’t put my shoulder and elbow through extensive training and throwing for the past three months. If the doctors find only minor inflammation or something like that, I’ll be ready to declare Phil Hughes the most healthy individual in professional baseball.
To his credit, Hughes is taking all of this uncertainty as well as could possibly be expected.
“He’s so calm in everything that he does,” Joe Girardi said. “I’m sure deep down inside he wants to know what’s going on and if there’s anything going on, and he’s probably trying to be patient. But it can’t be easy.”
• Most of the pregame manager session was about Rafael Soriano and his adjustment to a new city and a new role. From the outside, it’s pretty hard to quantify that adjustment. The game should be the same, but Soriano admitted last night that he’s had some trouble adjusting, and Girardi said he could relate because he struggled in his first month or so playing for the Yankees. “It’s the expectation going into every season,” Girardi said. “It’s a different feel here than other places.”
• Girardi once again said he has no plans of bumping Soriano out of the eighth inning role (though he’s probably not available tonight). “I believe this guy is too talented for this to continue,” Girardi said.
• Sounds like Francisco Cervelli could be here soon, maybe by the weekend. He caught last night, then was the DH for a day game this afternoon. He’ll catch again tomorrow. “He might not even need to catch back-to-back at this point,” Girardi said.
• Nick Swisher’s slow start has been somewhat overshadowed by Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner and Jorge Posada, but Swisher’s hitting just .217 with two extra-base hits and no home runs. “As I would tell Swish, they’re going to come,” Girardi said. “His home runs are going to come, and if you try to do it, that’s where you’re gong to get in trouble.”
• For whatever it’s worth, Girardi said he thought Swisher hit the ball well this weekend in Baltimore but didn’t have anything to show for it.
• One other Swisher note: Girardi acknowledged that Swisher’s struck out quite a bit lately (six times in three games). “But we’ve had a lot of guys do that,” Girardi said.
• Girardi on Bartolo Colon: “You really just kind of want him to continue to make pitches like he’s been making.”
• One random note from the clubhouse: Robinson Cano’s Gold Glove award was sitting on the floor of his locker today. Just sitting there. How fun would it be to have a Gold Glove award sitting on the floor of your cubicle at work?
Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Carlos Quentin RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alex Rios CF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Gordon Beckham 2B
Omar Vizquel 3B
Associated Press photo