After Phil Hughes was scratched from a start for the second time in a week, the Yankees sent him to the hospital to get an MRI on his back. The results revealed inflammation from a bulging disc injury that he had way back in 2004, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York.
Hughes was given an epidural to ease his pain and general manager Brian Cashman said that it isn’t serious and that he could possibly pitch this weekend.
“He’s been getting better … but today they decided to be more proactive because it wasn’t getting better quick enough,” Cashman said.
The Yankees have now clinched the division with seven games left to play so they can do whatever they feel is necessary to get Hughes ready for the postseason. It seems very unlikely he will pitch in the playoff rotation, but they would probably like to see him get at least one more start anyway to see how he would hold up if they needed him to make a start.