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Pregame notes: “We’re hoping it’s not the case”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Apr 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

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• The tarp came off the field about 15 minutes ago. The sky has cleared considerably and it’s starting to feel like the game might actually start on time.

• 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.

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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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30 Responses to “Pregame notes: “We’re hoping it’s not the case””

  1. Nick in SF April 28th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    It would be fascinating to see a tornado clash with one of stuckey’s tsunami-sized posts in the previous thread

  2. LGY April 28th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Ichiro had 53 infield hits last year to lead MLB. The next closest player had only 31.

    So far this season, Ichiro is leading MLB again with 8 infield hits.

    Jeter is only one behind him with 7.

  3. Tom in N.J. April 28th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Water spout?

  4. Nick in SF April 28th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Jeter is learning to hit ‘em where they ain’t on a small scale.

    Stop the hatred!

  5. blake April 28th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    From the last thread. How do they determine what is a line drive? Is a hard hit ground ball up the middle considered a line drive? How far does the ball have to travel in the air before its considered a line drive? Squaring the ball up and hitting it hard is what’s important…..whether that be a hard grounded up the middle or a double off the wall.

  6. stuckey99 April 28th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Nick, can you make my day and call me a “liberal elite”.

    Of does your San Francisco resident status make use of that term unlawful for you?

  7. Jerkface April 28th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    From the last thread. How do they determine what is a line drive? Is a hard hit ground ball up the middle considered a line drive? How far does the ball have to travel in the air before its considered a line drive? Squaring the ball up and hitting it hard is what’s important…..whether that be a hard grounded up the middle or a double off the wall.

    I think a line drive would be a pitch hit at a certain angle and should land on the outfield grass. If it touches the infield, its a ground ball.

  8. Jerkface April 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    But I’m not certain of that. I would probably be a bit more liberal. I know BIS and others also call some hard hit fly balls fliners.

  9. Nick in SF April 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    You’re elite? :roll:

  10. Jerkface April 28th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Squaring the ball up and hitting it hard is what’s important…..whether that be a hard grounded up the middle or a double off the wall.

    I think there are certain levels of good hard hits. A hard hit ground ball is hard pressed to go for extra bases and can never be a home run. A hard hit fly ball is likelier to go for extra bases. And a solid line drive is the most likely to end up as a hit.

  11. stuckey99 April 28th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    If by not having my head up my a** makes me elite, maybe..?

  12. LGY April 28th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Jeter is learning to hit ‘em where they ain’t on a small scale. Stop the hatred!

    ——-

    That would be pretty awesome if Jeter found a way to aim IF singles in order to combat age.

  13. blake April 28th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    See I would consider a ball that is hit on a line and maybe bounces once or twice through the infield a line drive…… think those percentages are ok as a guide but as I said the important thing is hitting the ball hard. Perhaps some day they’ll figure out a way to track how many times a player hits the ball on the sweet spot and things like golf does……tracking spin etc……it would be awesome if Alex hit a homer and then they could show the spin rate, exit velocity etc…..

  14. Jerkface April 28th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    See I would consider a ball that is hit on a line and maybe bounces once or twice through the infield a line drive…… think those percentages are ok as a guide but as I said the important thing is hitting the ball hard. Perhaps some day they’ll figure out a way to track how many times a player hits the ball on the sweet spot and things like golf does……tracking spin etc……it would be awesome if Alex hit a homer and then they could show the spin rate, exit velocity etc…..

    There will be. HitFX and PlayerFX/FieldFX. HitFX will measure velocity/spin/angle off the bat. PlayerFX measures time to landing, and the movement of all players on the field.

  15. Jerkface April 28th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....should-it/

  16. blake April 28th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    JF,

    Yea I think that’d be neat….hopefully they’ll show it on broadcasts.

  17. Nick in SF April 28th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Two posts the size of subcontinents + one anti-’running something into the ground like a horse and beating it’ post + other violations = non-elite status for the day.

    You’re still eligible for tomorrow, however.

  18. Nick in SF April 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Wait a second, have you sent that money order yet?

    My bad, you’re in the elitest of the elite!

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan April 28th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    My fingers are crossed for a really good friend TCU quarterback Andy Dalton – we’re hoping he goes in the first round! My wish list is on the 49ers, Titans, Redskins, Vikings or Dolphins.

  20. stuckey99 April 28th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Sorry, for Nick, sometimes I forget how laborious it is for some people to read when they have to mouth the words as they go.

  21. stuckey99 April 28th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    “Wait a second, have you sent that money order yet?”

    Oh, your $25 is coming…have no fear.

  22. LGY April 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Nick

    As a betting man, what did you think of Wade’s last second dunk yesterday (if you saw or heard about it)

  23. Nick in SF April 28th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I didn’t see or hear much, but I gather it was a last-second superfluous garbage time dunk?

    I guess I would have loved it or hated it depending on whether I had the over or the under.

    That kind of thing just reinforces how random and arbitrary totals can be (or any result, really).

    Is there some suspicion that Wade had knowledge of the number? Or just that he was being a dirtball?

  24. LGY April 28th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Nick

    Yeah it was completely unnecessary. There was only a few seconds left and Indiana gave up on the game. For whatever reason Wade decided to sprint down the court and dunk it.

    I haven’t seen any credible media member bring up the gambling angle/suspicion. A bunch just called the dunk classless.

  25. Irreverent Discourse April 28th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    isn’t a hard hit fly ball more likely to end up as a HR or an out?

  26. Irreverent Discourse April 28th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    and then line drives are where all the extra base hits come from

  27. Jerkface April 28th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    isn’t a hard hit fly ball more likely to end up as a HR or an out?

    And doubles and triples.

  28. Jerkface April 28th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    The ISO for Flyballs is larger than the ISO for Line Drives.

  29. 108 stitches April 28th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    By the time Phil Hughes goes through all the tests and any kind of rehab, he’ll be in a spring training mode.
    He shouldn’t be counted on for the rest of this year.

  30. yankskidz April 28th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Girardi is the worst manager ever. I’m not going to get into how bad he is at handling the pitching staff right now, but how can he justify putting swisher in the two hole when he is now 0 for his last 19. He has been successful against Jackson but let him work out his issues at the bottom of the line up. Why even put more pressure on him by placing him second? Why not put Martin second who has been hot and had some speed as well? He makes his line ups based on how people were 2-3 years ago.

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