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Hughes feeling better after cortisone

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Cashman just revealed that Phil Hughes had a cortisone injection on April 28. Hughes met with Dr. Ahmad today and has told the Yankees that his shoulder feels better since the shot.

Hughes never mentioned any pain in the past, and he hasn’t thrown, so I guess we have to assume that Hughes’ arm feeling “better” indicates that it feels stronger. Cashman said he wasn’t sure exactly what Hughes is feeling that’s different from before.

Dr. Ahmad is suggesting two additional weeks of rest before Hughes starts another throwing program.

“He believes that the shot is going to do the trick or has done the trick,” Cashman said.

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97 Responses to “Hughes feeling better after cortisone”

  1. JM May 4th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Good news….I think.

  2. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Phil is just feeling better because his Lightning are 3-0 right now.

  3. Erin May 4th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    SoS May 4th, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    Erin,
    I guess Manning held a gun(cz 75 p01) to ownerships head and told them to use all their draft picks for O-lineman. Maybe one can be the new fridge Perry and convert a 4th and 1.

    ***********************

    :lol:

  4. m1kew May 4th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    http://www.pinstripedbible.com/

    Five Players with Line Drive Rates Lower Than Jeter’s
    Posted on May. 4th, 2011 by Steven Goldman
    AL only, via Baseball-Reference:

    Carlos Santana: 11%
    Alex Rodriguez: 10%
    J.D. Drew: 9%
    Dustin Pedroia: 9%
    Vernon Wells: 7%

    That anyone has a lower LD rate than Jeter shocks me, but that A-Rod is in that group really shocks me.

  5. Erin May 4th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    BloggingBombers Cashman estimated it would be 6-8 weeks before Hughes returns if all goes well.

  6. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    GB

    seriously just realized something. Carlos Silva is going to pitch for the Tampa Yankees today. Hopefully he took his anger management program seriously because he has the awfully shoddy TY defense behind him. He better hope they give Lyerly and Murton the night off.

  7. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Of course.

    The Cortisone knocks out the inflammation along with some rest.

    Perfect strategy.

    Then it’s rehab time.

    Won’t be long before Phil is pumping those 92-94 mph heaters to the corners.

    This is what I thought all along. Glad it wasn’t something worse.

    :)

  8. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Hows Buerlie doing this year? No one mentioned him as a pitcher from the w sox to get.

    GB,
    Let me guess. You then clean it with Bear face Bear? Am I not manly enough because I hate the taste of bear after getting hungover as a 16 year old? Where would Smirnoff Ice rate on the manly man scale from 1-10? The Original off course.

  9. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Seems like the yankees f’d up by not putting Hughes on enough rest with the anti inflammatories they gave him earlier. They tried to push it and got no results and that set them to panic.

  10. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    While Phil is pulling it together Bartolo runs roughshod over the rest of the AL.

    How lucky is that.

    :)

  11. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    JF-

    That would happen with Tendonitis.

    Rest is required as part of getting rid of it.

  12. ZMAN May 4th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Get him 100% soon so he can be traded for John Danks

  13. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I am extremely optimistic about Phil’s prospects going forward.

    :)

  14. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    All that line-drive crap tells you is that the idiots that grade this stuff don’t know a line drive from a drive by shooting.

  15. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Decoted what Hughes arm feeling “better”. Hughes mind- Admit there was a problem so I can get back on the mound asap. Sort of like going to some shrink and telling them that they cured you. The sooner you do that, the sooner you get out. **Not saying I ever needed to do that***. Just saying.

  16. ZMAN May 4th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    BloggingBombers Cashman said Hughes will rest two more weeks, then start throwing program. Called it a “wait and see” process right now.

    Ledger_Yankees Cashman sounding like this may have just been tied to inflammation. Still not clear what this means though.

    eboland11 Cashman: Hughes will begin throwing program again. Minimum 6-8 weeks before his return. No further tests, MRIs, etc scheduled at this time

  17. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    The new plan is to get Phil back to full strength by the ASB.

    I believe they will. Maybe even sooner.

    Rest and a really good rehab program and Phil will be as good as new.

    Better than ever.

  18. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Jerkface,
    You think the Yanks need to clean house on their medical staff? Wang was never fixed. Joba still hasnt got the fastball back. Mussina never got his fastball back. But made up for it with location and his competitive nature. Hell they couldnt even get Pavano back on the mound after his Glutious Maximus ouchie.

  19. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    TY, Silva was nothing more than a shot in the dark….on the recommendation of Rothschilde. It wouldn’t shock me to see him get whacked arond tonight. It was a free shot, though. The Tanks do need to get a good corner infield coach at the A level to fix these kids defensive flaws, though. Still, Lyerly and to a lesser extent, Murton have bats that are hard to ignore.

  20. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    All the Yankees have to do is handle this right for the next 6-8 weeks and we’re home free.

    :)

  21. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    All that line-drive crap tells you is that the idiots that grade this stuff don’t know a line drive from a drive by shooting.

    You’re saying former baseball players don’t know what a line drive is? They probably think you wouldn’t know a gun from the hole in your butt.

  22. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    You think the Yanks need to clean house on their medical staff? Wang was never fixed. Joba still hasnt got the fastball back. Mussina never got his fastball back. But made up for it with location and his competitive nature. Hell they couldnt even get Pavano back on the mound after his Glutious Maximus ouchie.

    Nah, the Yankees don’t seem to have a dangerously incompetent medical staff like the Cardinals or the Mets.

  23. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Chamberlain has been hitting a steady 96-98 MPH on the fastball since about the 2nd week. He’s done well except for maybe a game.

  24. Wave Your Hat May 4th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t know, it sounds confused to me. He never said his arm hurt, people said his arm strength was down, everyone gets worried about thoracic whatever, he doesn’t have that so he gets a cortisone shot, feels 110% better and attacks the arm strength issue by sitting two weeks.

  25. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    GB

    I bring it up because Silva got into that fight with Aramis Ramirez over a rough inning due to errors. With those 2 he is going to have to control his temper. I think Torre Tyson needs to come back for a month and set them straight.

  26. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Ballplayers aren’t the ones grading those. It’s the fat, pizza stuffing clowns that never move from in front of tv monitors, like yourself.

  27. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    “That anyone has a lower LD rate than Jeter shocks me, but that A-Rod is in that group really shocks me.”

    ————-

    Alex has one XBH in his past 39 PAs.

    His line over that time has been .139/.205/.167.

    He only has 99 PAs on the season so this recent slide where he is either grounding the ball to the 3B or popping almost everything up is dragging his season batted ball data down big time.

  28. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    WYH-

    Believe it or not Tendonitis can be very tricky to diagnose.

    If you’ve ever had it you’d know exactly what I mean.

  29. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Ballplayers aren’t the ones grading those. It’s the fat, pizza stuffing clowns that never move from in front of tv monitors, like yourself.

    BIS scorers are former baseball players. Sorry to shatter your illusion.

  30. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    “It’s the fat, pizza stuffing clowns that never move from in front of tv monitors, like yourself.”

    —————–

    Aren’t you always talking about ordering pizza and watching baseball?

  31. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Aren’t you always talking about ordering pizza and watching baseball?

    His clown makeup is camouflage though.

  32. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Why would someone who never played baseball want to watch baseball constantly?

  33. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    The day that MLB.com added all of this extra crap on their gameday, it’s been totally screwed up. They need to dump it and go back to the old gameday.

  34. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Its incredibly difficult to get a job in baseball having never played baseball. People who haven’t are almost always the exception. Sports teams are inclusive clubs that favor those on ‘the inside’.

  35. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    The day that MLB.com added all of this extra crap on their gameday, it’s been totally screwed up. They need to dump it and go back to the old gameday.

    ————

    You’re on quite a rampage right now. Coming down for a pepperoni high?

  36. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    *from*

  37. Wave Your Hat May 4th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    “It’s the fat, pizza stuffing clowns that never move from in front of tv monitors, like yourself.”

    Actually, the scorers are up in the press box. They’d have to eat their pizza up there.

  38. YankeesNmore May 4th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    So we don’t know what’s wrong, Hughes is feeling NO pain (according to multiple quotes from him), but we’re giving him cortisone injections???

    Something don’t add up.

  39. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    All this Pizza talk is making me hungry again. Who with me for second breakfast?! Lets make sure we make the healthy choice. Pepperoni/Anchovie Pizza and a diet coke.

  40. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Ballplayers aren’t the ones grading those. It’s the fat, pizza stuffing clowns that never move from in front of tv monitors, like yourself.
    ==============================
    pot calling kettle black?

  41. Warning Track Power May 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Great news regarding Hughes.
    I hope he’s able to wear he pinstripes again in about 5 weeks.
    Going to take weeks to build his arm up.

  42. Wave Your Hat May 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    “Believe it or not Tendonitis can be very tricky to diagnose.”

    MTU-

    I believe it. I think something is wrong with Hughes. I just don’t think they’ve figured it out yet.

  43. Jason Voorhees May 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    AAAHHHH CONSPIRACY

  44. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I’d like to see a so called Nerd and whoever I guess GB7 thinks would know what a line drive is (not himself I’m assuming, seeing as how he never played and thus would not know what a line drive is) score a game for GB/FB/LD and see what the result is.

  45. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    His clown makeup is camouflage though.
    =========================
    we can see through it

  46. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Its incredibly difficult to get a job in baseball having never played baseball. People who haven’t are almost always the exception. Sports teams are inclusive clubs that favor those on ‘the inside’.

    ==========

    Would staying at a Holliday Inn get me in?

  47. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    The concern about Jeter sure has escalated.

    http://i55.photobucket.com/alb.....n-room.jpg

  48. Niblick May 4th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Anyone know a good takeout place?

  49. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Kim Jones or Nancy Newman?

  50. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Would staying at a Holliday Inn get me in?

    Maybe if the other person in the room worked for HR.

  51. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    They need to move the “oh derek my love” a little more to the right. It looks like its pointing to the guy in the blue shirt rather than HILLROD.

  52. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Wave-

    Here my complete theory on Hughes.

    I believe the Yankees mistook a case of tendonitis for the more normal “dead”, or “tired arm”.

    Being baseball men not Drs., and with Hughes history of slow starts, they could have easily have made that error.

    So it was handled in a baseball way for a while. Meaning just try to strengthen the Arm
    in various ways.

    If I am right then that is about the worst thing they could have done because that would only make the tendonitis worse.

    That is when all the tests were ordered when the arm did not respond in the expected way.

    Fortunately there was no structural damage or other issues.

    Now I believe the correct diagnosis has been arrived at and the problem will respond with rest and anti-inflammatory medication.

    As long as Phil isn’t pushed too hard too soon he should now be fine IMO.

    I’m optimistic now.

  53. Niblick May 4th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Maybe the blue shirt guy just has an extra thing for Derek.

  54. Wave Your Hat May 4th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    MTU, I hope you are right. I’d like to see Hughes back.

  55. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    # Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    The concern about Jeter sure has escalated.

    http://i55.photobucket.com/alb…..n-room.jpg
    ================
    is that hank in the middle checking his bapip?
    doreen liked bapip…oh the memories.

  56. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Maybe all this rehab can give Hughes time to get his secondary pitches right. Including that wicked curve he used to have.

  57. Warning Track Power May 4th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    ESPN NY just updated the Hughes situation.

    Hughes will be shutdown for 2 more weeks.
    Hughes will then have another 6-8 weeks to build up his arm before he will pitch for
    Yankees again.

    WOW!!!

  58. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    so what you are saying mtu is that the yanks handled this thing ass backwards…..

  59. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Wave-

    I based my hunches on the way Phil was describing his problem.

    I’ve had shoulder tendonitis and it felt exactly the way Hughes described his issues.

    After getting a correct diagnosis they gave me a course of anti-inflammatory meds and told me to rest my arm.

    2 weeks later it was as good as new. Never returned. That’s why I’m optimistic for Hughes.

    That’s all I can say.

    :)

  60. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    They need to move the “oh derek my love” a little more to the right. It looks like its pointing to the guy in the blue shirt rather than HILLROD.
    =================
    funnier this way

  61. michaels07 May 4th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Maybe he needs a Shoulder Transplant

  62. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Yes Mick. But it was an understandable mistake IMO.

    Tendonitis is very difficult to diagnose. As we see, it is often mistaken for other conditions.

    My only real criticism is that perhaps they should have turned it over to the Physicians a bit sooner.

    Luckily Phil’s arm appears to be sound.

    I feel good about it now.

  63. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Sos-

    That is a side benefit, so to speak.

    ;)

  64. ADam May 4th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Good to hear, Last night I said to some friends that they should really shut him down until June 1 then begin a rehab program with the target to be back in the rotation around the ASB… Right now there is no tush to get him back

  65. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    MTU,
    I think iv had shoulder tendonitus. Nothing hit the spot better than peanut m & m’s and Smirnoff Ice. It made me forget all about the pain. The mind can be a powerful thing.

  66. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I know cortizone isnt the best thing for you but if they gave him the shot 1st wouldn’t that have made more sense?
    I am not a Dr but I play one in real life.

  67. West Coast Yankee Fan May 4th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    An observation:

    Those here who whine the most about this blog’s demise are the one’s whose behavior contributes to it the most.

  68. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Right now there is no tush to get him back
    ===========================
    funny

  69. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    WCYF
    ====
    care to name names?

  70. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    WCYF
    ====
    care to name names?
    ==============
    do you mean mtu?

  71. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Maybe he needs a Shoulder Transplant

    =========

    Too extreme. Switch gloves and throw with his left seems less painful.

  72. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Right now there is no tush to get him back

    ========

    Jeter could maybe give him his black book which would have alot of TUSHES that would get him back in a hurry.

  73. West Coast Yankee Fan May 4th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Ethier did not play today due to sore elbow.

  74. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    SoS-

    Depending on the severity it can be more or less painful.

    In my case, there was absolutely no pain in my deltoid just a “dead” feeling without muscular endurance or proper sensation.

    I could do normal activities but the arm just felt strange.

    Much like the way Phil described.

    I would have had bourbon or tequila instead just to keep my spirits up, in a manner of speaking.

    ;)

  75. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    mtu…any idea why your shoulder went out? could understand if it was your hand.

  76. Abe Peterham May 4th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Maybe he needs a Shoulder Transplant

    =========

    Too extreme. Switch gloves and throw with his left seems less painful.
    ——
    Rehab w Venditte, just in case..

  77. Nick in SF May 4th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    “The day that MLB.com added all of this extra crap on their gameday, it’s been totally screwed up. They need to dump it and go back to the old gameday.”

    Go to the top right of the screen and click on “Classic” or “Classic View” (I forget which), then you will see the same Gameday view as back in olden times.

  78. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Mick-

    Nope. that would be your thing.

  79. mick May 4th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Nope. that would be your thing.
    =====================
    I sense some bitterness.

  80. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    MTU,
    I have to give you props and say it takes a certain type of person to be rock climbing with a dead arm. You must have the force with you.

  81. mick May 4th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Those here who whine the most about this blog’s demise are the one’s whose behavior contributes to it the most.
    =====================
    This blog is at its best when people go back and forth at each other .

  82. Niblick May 4th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Unfortunately, Classic View of Gameday doesn’t actually load.

  83. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Unfortunately, Classic View of Gameday doesn’t actually load.

    Get the latest version of flash.

  84. Rich in NJ May 4th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Based solely on my shoulder injuries and what orthopedists have told me, they hope it’s an inflamed tendon and not a small tear, because an MRI usually can’t distinguish between the two.

  85. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Go to the top right of the screen and click on “Classic” or “Classic View” (I forget which), then you will see the same Gameday view as back in olden times.

    =======

    NSF,
    The last time people had a choice of the New and the Clissic, Coke Classic won. Which one will prevail this time around. Honestly I cant remember the difference between the old and new. We are talking about espn gameday right?

  86. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Unfortunately, Classic View of Gameday doesn’t actually load.

    ————————————————-

    They made it so classic that you can only watch it on Windows 2.0

  87. SoS May 4th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Those here who whine the most about this blog’s demise are the one’s whose behavior contributes to it the most.
    =====================
    This blog is at its best when people go back and forth at each other .

    ============

    mick,
    Iv only been back on here for 2 days and that original comment made me feel like I pissed on someones corn flakes. How bad could it be?

  88. randy l. May 4th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    “BIS scorers are former baseball players.”

    link please.

    we need more than just your say so.

  89. mick May 4th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    mick,
    Iv only been back on here for 2 days and that original comment made me feel like I pissed on someones corn flakes. How bad could it be?
    ============================
    you have to ask wcyf what or who he meant that to, he said it and is reluctant to follow up.
    don’t think he meant you.

  90. Nick in SF May 4th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I you watch Gameday on your commodore 64, Jeter’s infield dribblers look like screaming line drives.

  91. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Get the latest version of flash

    —–

    How long will it take GB to figure our your not talking about John Flaherty?

  92. Niblick May 4th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    You certainly don’t need to be a former baseball player to do minor league scoring for BIS.

    You just need to have “Demonstrated knowledge of baseball and baseball scorekeeping.”

    http://www.baseballinfosolutions.com/minorad.html

  93. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    link please.

    we need more than just your say so.

    Personal experience. Major league BIS scorer was ex-college pitcher.

  94. Niblick May 4th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Ah, one BIS scorer was an ex-college pitcher; therefore, all BIS scorers were ex-players.

    How about that logic?

  95. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    How about that logic?

    Beats the logic of: I have no idea who BIS scorers are but I hate them and they are nerds :)

  96. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Who are your video scouts and what do they do?

    BIS video scouts are traditionally former professional, college, and amateur players who help collect and maintain the tremendous volume of data at Baseball Info Solutions.

    Our video scouts track every MLB game using our specialized software to track hit location, hit type, and hit velocity. They also record pitch types, velocities, and locations. Starting in 2009, we also began recording objective batted ball timer data, which has begun to dramatically improve the accuracy of hitting, fielding, and pitching analysis.

  97. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    :arrow:

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