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Phil Hughes has a bulging disk in his back

Feb 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Phil Hughes injured his back during fielding drills Monday and an MRI exam revealed a bulging disk.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Hughes will be out “for at least a week” and is taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Hughes expressed optimism about being totally pain free in 4-5 days, but obviously a bulging disk in a pitcher’s back is not your typical “don’t worry about it” early spring training injury and he’s had back problems down the stretch in each of the past two seasons.

  1. mybrunoblog - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Sucks having a bulge in your back. I prefer to keep mine in the front where it belongs.

    • sknut - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      You sir win the internet for a day! Well done.

  2. rdillon99 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    The fact that an MRI detected a bulging disc is not in and of itself worrisome. Many/most people have bulging discs without any symptoms and are completely unaware of it. What would be important is whether the disc bulge is impacting upon a nerve. The story makes no mention of that, though the fact that Hughes suggests that he expects to be pain-free in 4-5 days indicates that whatever muscle pain he is currently feeling is likely unrelated to the disc bulge.

  3. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Their is never a good time for an injury but there are better times than others. With about 5 weeks till “real” baseball begins this could have happened at a worse time. He still has time to ease back into action.

  4. vallewho - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    So Nova is “in”.

  5. bsbiz - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    No word out of New York as to whether this occurred while sitting in a bath tub with a scenic ocean view or whether he saw his physician after four hours. Not pictured: New York media rushing to pin this to Alex Rodriguez.

    • anxovies - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Alex Rodriguez is History’s Greatest Monster.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    and so it begins. . .

  7. pisano - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I hope this isn’t the start of bad things to come for Hughes. A back problem for anyone is hell to deal with.

  8. cackalackyank - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Hughes needs a good season, not an “it’s 2008 again” season. This certainly isn’t the best news for him, but it doesn’t rule out him being healthy the rest of the season. On the down side though it is important for him to get used to what is almost certain to be a patchwork/committee behind the plate. Gopher ball problems have been hurting him and I can’t help but wonder if he didn’t get along with Martin on some pitch selection, or is this back problem something chronic which causes problems with pitch location, or causes him to “tip” his pitches.

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