The Yankees placed Phil Hughes on the disabled list today, citing the "dead arm" that has purportedly kept his velocity down and led to three straight terrible starts to kick off the season.
Something had to be done. It was just a matter of whether it would be a demotion to the minors or this. The DL placement allows Hughes to stay with the major-league club and keep working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild while not taking up a roster spot.
In the greater picture (meaning, like the whole universe), this is obviously bad news for the Yankees, but it's yet another reminder of how fragile pitchers can be. It's why good teams stockpile pitcher and overcome the inevitable casualties.
Perhaps you've seen the tidbit that the Rangers' first two starters of the 2010 season were Scott Feldman and Rich Harden. Both guys wound up putting up an ERA well over 5.00, and yet the Rangers return to the Bronx tonight as reigning American League champions.
Now we'll see if Bartolo Colon can carry over his impressive relief pitching back into his longtime home of the starting rotation.
--Former Met Lenny Dykstra has been charged with embezzling from a bankruptcy estate and is currently imprisoned. What a predictable fiasco. How was Dykstra ever regarded as reputable in the finance world?
--Speaking of predictable (but not necessarily fiascos), Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox announced their seven-year, $154-million extension. These mammoth, long-term deals are always risks, but given Gonzalez's age (he turns 29 next month) and skill set (patience and power), I'd place this one on the lower end of the risk spectrum. You could, however, argue that it's an overpay to give any first baseman $22 million per season.
--Have a great night.