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MRI shows only inflammation in Phil Hughes’ back

Sep 21, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has already been scratched from two different outings this week, but all signs point to him returning to action sometime soon.

According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, an MRI taken Wednesday afternoon on Hughes’ ailing back showed inflammation related to a herniated disc that he suffered back in 2004.

Hughes, who hasn’t pitched since September 12, was given an epidural injection to treat the soreness and should be able to throw a bullpen session this weekend. If that workout goes well, he could be cleared to make a start early next week against the Rays.

The 25-year-old has posted a 6.00 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 45/24 K/BB ratio through 72 innings this season.

  1. urteamsux52 - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    screw new york way to go red sox your team blows better then the girls in your city GO RAYS NO ONE HAD US TO BE IN THE HUNT just lose boston you all deserve this

    • presidentmiraflores - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:35 PM

      Stay classy, Tampa Bay.

  2. jimbo1949 - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Champagne for Grumpy and the kids.

  3. pisano - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Hey Drew, I think it’s time to do some flagging, what do you think?

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