[Phil Hughes'] supposed to start a long-toss program [Sunday] to try to build arm strength. While Hughes has said he feels fine physically, Girardi also revealed that the 24-year-old righty has been put on anti-inflammatories.
“I think you can look at every pitcher’s arm and probably see some inflammation,” Girardi said.
The Yankees have insisted that Hughes has been healthy all season long, but this at least acknowledges that there is some concern with his arm. The initial plan wasn’t even to put him on the DL, but instead they were just going to send him to the minor leagues outright. Hughes was able to talk him out of that. To my knowledge they haven’t sent him in for even a single MRI.
I wish they would though, he tossed a lot of innings last season relative to years past and there is potential that this is something more than just simple soreness or a “deadarm” whatever that is anyway. Hopefully the anti-inflammatories will help him to build arm strength more quickly and he’ll be back on the field in just 15 days.