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Phil Hughes, Jesus Montero, Ozzie Guillen and Tom Schieffer
Bad news for Phil Hughes, who cut short a bullpen session after not feeling any life in his arm. He's scheduled to see team doctor Christopher Ahmad, and common sense dictates that Hughes will be tested, even though the right-hander still asserts he feels no actual pain.
We'll see what those tests bring and where the Yankees go from here. But when Joe Girardi, who is extremely cautious with his public words, says he's "concerned," you can start to envision worst-case scenarios.
I spoke with Brian Cashman briefly - he's down in Lakewood, NJ, watching the Yankees' Class A Charleston affiliate play - and I asked him why Hughes hadn't been tested to this point.
"He wasn't feeling any pain," Cashman said.
I asked him if he thought Hughes' offseason conditioning contributed to this. Did he report to camp out of shape?
"He showed up heavier than his target weight, but he did our boot camp, and he was fine," Cashman said. "That doesn't have anything to do with this."
What about Hughes' innings jump? I wondered. Hughes threw 192 innings last year. His previous high, 146, came back in 2006.
"I guess it's possible," Cashman said.
I'll update here if we learn anything more.
--Jesus Montero, who suffered a most unfortunate groin injury yesterday, underwent a precuationary MRI today, Cashman said.
--The White Sox are here, and I'd be cheating myself if I didn't check in for Ozzie Guillen's media session. The White Sox manager delivered, as he always does.
With his team occupying last place in the AL Central, and with speculation already swirling about the job security of hitting coach Greg Walker, Guillen said, "When the team doesn’t hit, it’s the hitting coach’s fault. When the team doesn’t pitch, it’s the pitching coach’s fault. You put all those things together, it’s my fault, because I’m the one writing the lineups.
"…You've got to blame anybody on this ballclub for how bad we are, I take the blame. …If someone has to get fired here, it has to Ozzie Guillen. It doesn’t have to be Greg Walker. It doesn’t have to be (pitching coach) Don Cooper. It has to be Ozzie Guillen."
After a 12-minute, virtuoso performance, Guillen smiled and said, "(Bleeping) New York, you (bleeping) guys wish you had me to deal with every day."
He's right. His GM, Kenny Williams, isn't bad, either. Williams got here later because, he said, his flight was delayed for two and a half hours. So he dealt with angry White Sox fans in the terminal at O'Hare Airport.
"I refuse to be anything other than optimistic," Williams said. Certainly, these White Sox should be far better than 8-14. Common sense says that guys like Adam Dunn and Alexis Rios will start hitting.
--Bud Selig named Tom Schieffer as his Dodgers "monitor," now that Major League Baseball has taken control of the team from Frank McCourt. Schieffer fits the profile: He's run a team (the Rangers) before; he's not looking to get back in the game full-time, so this is a nice little temporary gig for him; and he is a Selig loyalist.
--Have a great night.