Phil Hughes will head to St. Louis shortly, to be tested for a rare circulatory condition. The Yankees don't sound very optimistic; a Trenton Times caught up with Brian Cashman in Lakewood, NJ, and Cashman said of Hughes, "He’s not active and it does not look like he will be for awhile.’’
From doing some brief reading, it appears that thoracic outlet syndrome results from repeated overhead motion - pitching, in Hughes' instance. So this might not be a matter of anything Hughes or the Yankees did wrong. It might just be a matter of bad luck.
More to come, obviously. It doesn't make much sense to jump to conclusions about what this means for Hughes and the Yankees until we know the exact diagnosis and plan to fix Hughes.
--Bartolo Colon pitched the Yankees to victory, ending their two-game losing streak. Just amazing. Already, Colon has exceeded most reasonable expectations.
And really, I think Colon could pitch this way until September 15th, and people would still be waiting for him to come up hurting the next time out. When you haven't clocked a good season since 2005, this is the way it is. The Yankees can't afford to get worked up about that, though. They'll just keep their fingers crossed that Colon can keep this going.
--Mark Teixeira left the game early with right shoulder soreness.
--Joe Girardi stood behind Rafael Soriano. Not literally.
--Nick Swisher spoke openly to Barbara Barker about his homerless start. Swisher is exactly the sort of player who gets caught up in his streaks, good and bad. He managed to largely avoid that last year, but prior to 2010, he was an extremely streaky player.
--A Jose Reyes outburst stood out most of all among the Mets' impressive victory over Washington. I still don't see the Mets going anywhere too fabulous; their six-game winning streak has come against lower-tiered teams Houston, Arizona and now the Nationals. But at least they're providing hope for the die-hards, and reason to show up at Citi Field.
This weekend, against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, will be a good measure for the Mets.
--Mike Pelfrey thinks he can start the opener of the Phillies series, tomorrow night, despite being ill much of this week.
--Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have changed the vibe around the Mets, David Lennon writes. Agreed, most of all due to the quick transactions involving the likes of Blaine Boyer, D.J. Carrasco and Brad Emaus. It's a stark contrast to the way things used to be with the Mets.
--Braves pitching coach (and former Met) Roger McDowell is in trouble for an encounter he had with some San Francisco fans. Bud Selig isn't going to put out a statement, as he did here, unless he has some rock-solid information that something bad went down, and McDowell's general apology seems to confirm the same. How unbelievably stupid on McDowell's part.
--Crazy day on the law-and-order front, as news broke that Nationals pitcher (and former Met) Livan Hernandez is being investigated for his possible connection to a money-laundering case.