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Phil Hughes tests negative for circulatory and vascular issues

May 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that right-hander Phil Hughes tested “negative for all vascular and circulatory conditions,” which eliminates the possibility of thoracic outlet syndrome.

This is really a good news, bad news situation. It’s good in that the Yankees have eliminated one potentially serious possibility, but they’re still searching for answers regarding Hughes’ “dead arm” and diminished velocity.

Hughes posted a 13.94 ERA over his first three starts before being placed on the disabled list on April 15. He averaged just 89.2 mph on his fastball compared to 92.6 mph last season. Hughes attempted to throw last Monday, but was sent for testing after the session did not go well. The mystery continues.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Perhaps it is Chamberlain Syndrome, caused by rapid transitions from bullpen to rotation with a team that is not good at handling such transitions, often leading to one of the better young SP prospects in the game becoming a Seventh Inning Guy. Only known cure is a trade to the NL West.

  2. BC - May 3, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Maybe he just got incredible run support last year, and in actuality he sucks? Could that be it?

    • micquarters - May 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      yes, because run support makes one physically able to throw with increased velocity. tell us more of your science.

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        Well, I for one am relieved to hear that he’s merely washed up. I mean, I thought he might have injured himself.

    • fuggles7 - May 3, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      BC.. you are such a.. CHIPWICH!

      • BC - May 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Takes one to know one. Nyah! :-P

    • BC - May 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      No truth to the rumor that he held offseason workouts with Dusty Baker?
      Seriously, the dude needs to get a thorough checkout. You don’t just drop 7 mph off your fastball at his age without something being physically really wrong. Something’s up.
      The other thing he needs to do is learn how to pitch. Not blow the doors off every batter. I just remember David Cone – the guy threw mid-90s early in his career, and then came up with all these bizarre arm angles and pitches later in his career once the heater wasn’t as effective. But I don’t think Hughes could be at that point yet, what is he, 25? Something’s physically wrong with him.

  3. derpdederpdederp - May 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    perhaps its flash-in-the-pan syndrome? maybe talent deficit disorder?

    • BC - May 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      Otherwise known as Wayne Garland Syndrome….

  4. fordman84 - May 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Not sure what they are testing him for, but they need to test him for “Rex Grossman face”. I think he has a serious case of it.

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