Brian Cashman said it was a “slight positive in that particular testing” that led the Yankees to believe Phil Hughes might have thoracic outlet syndrome. Cashman referenced the show House, and said this is one step to “peel the onion” and find out what’s wrong. If Monday’s visit to St. Louis tells the Yankees that Hughes does not have TOS, then they’ll try to find what’s next.
“This is what we’re focused on at this point,” Cashman said. “We’re hoping it’s not the case. I’ll hope until we hear otherwise that it’s not the case. If it is, it will be taken care of. If it isn’t, we’ll take a sigh of relief and say, ‘Well, that’s good.’”
Dr. Robert William Thompson is being asked to specifically say yes or no to thoracic outlet syndrome. He’s not necessarily being asked to check for anything else. Cashman said he hasn’t looked too far into the recovery for the condition, but he believes a positive diagnosis would be season-ending for Hughes.
“I think it be a long-term thing,” Cashman said. “I’ve heard typically that’s what it is, that a surgery would be involved and I’d suspect it would be the season… It’s not something where it’s, ‘Take some aspirin and shut it down for a week.’”
If Hughes is lost for the year, Cashman said that changes nothing about his current pursuit of additional pitching.
“There’s no starting pitcher to go find,” Cashman said. “Everything we have to deal with is right here in front of us. After the June draft is when you have a chance to go get stuff.”
Here’s Cashman addressing a huge group of reporters in the Yankees clubhouse.
• Cashman on Mark Teixeira’s right shoulder injury: “Right now, my medical team doesn’t seem to be overly alarmed so I won’t be.”
• Joe Girardi said he could, in theory, use Teixeira in the field, but he doesn’t plan to do so. In fact, he hinted that Teixeira might get more than one game off. “The best thing to me is to rest him a couple of days and try to get him healthy,” Girardi said.
• Derek Jeter is getting a regular day off. The Yankees decided on Monday that today would be Jeter’s day to rest. Girardi said Jeter might get another day off during the upcoming road trip. “In the long run I guess it’s beneficial,” Jeter said. “But I always like to play.”
• Jeter’s replacement, Eduardo Nunez, jammed his thumb on his glove hand. He had his left hand lightly wrapped this afternoon, but he said it’s no problem. “I’m good,” Nunez said.
• Girardi on hitting Robinson Cano third: “I think you could hit Robbie anywhere in the order that you want. With him swinging the bat so well, you try to get him as many at-bats as you can.”
• Girardi on using Eric Chavez at first: “I got comfortable with him at first base during spring training, just watching him play the position and feeling like that he could handle it and have no issues with it.”
• Kevin Millwood is starting for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight. It will be his final start before his out kicks in on Sunday. Cashman would not comment on his reports about how Millwood has been pitching. “We’ll inform Kevin what our intentions are,” Cashman said. “If we choose not to bring him, he’ll have a decision whether he wants to opt out or not. If we choose to bring him, we’ll bring him.”
• Dave Robertson grew up just a few miles from the tornado destruction in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He said he couldn’t even recognize some of the places that have been shown on television in the past 24 hours or so, and these are places he used to drive by every day. That said, all of his family is OK, and his best friend’s house survived, despite a tornado ripping through his street. As someone who grew up in a tornado-heavy area, I can tell you this stuff is terrifying. Robertson seemed shaken but clearly relieved that he’s so far heard nothing but good news about the people he knows.
Brent Lillibridge LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Carlos Quentin RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alex Rios CF
Ramon Castro C
Gordon Beckham 2B
Brent Morel 3B
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