LADY AT THE BAT: Hughes's Oblique has Mystique

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Hughes's Oblique has Mystique

In the seventh inning of last night's game against the Tigers, Michael Kay announced that Phil Hughes has been placed on the 15-Day DL, due to a right oblique strain.

Talk about strange timing, and I'm not talking about the fact that the Yankees already have Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez on the DL. It's that nothing seemed to be wrong with Phil until last night.

He'd pitched poorly the night before, so poorly that he was booed. Questions began popping up about whether or not he should stay in the rotation. Joe Girardi lost his temper with reporters who tried to pin him down to answer their Phil Rotation questions. No one said anything about the bad outing being due (or due partially) to any injury. In pregame interviews Girardi said Phil was fine. Phil said Phil was fine. Then we hear about this mysterious oblique strain in the seventh inning.

I don't think this is a phantom injury, but it might not be bad enough for a stint on the DL. But, then again, I'm not a medical professional; maybe all oblique strains are that serious. Anyway, the whole thing sounds a little too convenient for me: Phil pitches poorly; Phil gets booed; Phil's spot in the rotation appears to be in jeopardy; Girardi resents reporters' Phil Rotation questions; Phil's on the DL.

What's next? A hang nail for Ian Kennedy?

The Lady

[Photo: Kathy Willens/AP]

1 comment:

Unknown said...

He's what? 21? 22? I bet it isn't a phantom injury-but its a "regroup injury." Yankee management is giving him a huge favor. If he doesn't show the stuff after this injury, he's in Scranton.