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Phil Hughes diagnosed with back stiffness

Oct 16, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

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From Sweeny Murti of New York’s WFAN comes word that Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes departed in the fourth inning of his ALCS Game 3 start against the Tigers because of a stiff back.

Hughes cruised through the first three innings before yielding a solo home run to Delmon Young and a walk to Andy Dirks. He motioned for a trainer two pitches into the next at-bat against Jhonny Peralta and departed the field after a short conversation with the Yankees’ head trainer and manager Joe Girardi.

Hughes held the Orioles to one earned run over 6 2/3 innings during his lone outing in the ALDS. He threw a career-high 191 1/3 innings during the 2012 regular season. It’s a cold night at Comerica Park.

The Tigers currently lead this ALCS Game 3 by a score of 2-0. Justin Verlander is throwing a gem.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    With the way their pitchers have had to carry them, I’m surprised this is the first stiff back.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Oliver Platt: Swept! Swept!

    John Turturro: Sniff. Whimper.

  3. Old Gator - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Verlander looks like a replicant out there so far. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion….

    • historiophiliac - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      OG, does this mean you are going to do a run down of the game in Slaughterhouse-Five style as I hoped?

      • Old Gator - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        Alex Rodriguez has become unstuck in time. Listen….

  4. tbk201 - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Did Hughes wrong Trump in some way, too?

  5. hojo20 - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Will Hughes be okay for a potential Game 7?

  6. fantasymoney - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Ah snap! Let’s start up some controversy! “Phil Hughes caught eating two cheeseburgers in the clubhouse during a game 2 Yankee loss leads to a stiff back in the 4th inning of his game 3 loss to the Tigers! Fire Joe Girardi!” Click here to watch the video.

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