Hopefully it isn’t a bad omen for the season but Phil Hughes is the first player to suffer an injury at Spring Training this season for the New York Yankees. According to reports, Hughes is suffering from stiffness in his upper back near his shoulder. He suffered the injury during pitcher fielding practice. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Hughes will miss a few days. Hughes saw the team doctors but it is unknown if he went thru any tests.
The 2013 season is a vital one for Hughes. Like Robinson Cano, he is entering the final year of his contract and it is unsure if the Yankees will look to extend his deal. If not, the team may look to trade him at some point this season. Any lingering injury would hurt both the team and Hughes. Teams won’t be looking to add an injured starter to their team, lowering his trade chances. If the injury is something serious and causes Hughes to miss time during the season, it could hurt him in free agency.
In other Yankees pitching news, Girardi announced the first two starters for Yankees Spring Training games. David Phelps, who will be battling Ivan Nova for the fifth spot in the rotation, will start the opener against the Atlanta Braves. Last season in his rookie year, Phelps posted a 4-4 record with a 3.34 ERA in 99.2 innings pitched. In 11 appearances as a starter, he posted a 2-2 record with a 3.77 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched. Bullpen long-man candidate Adam Warren will start the second game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Warren made just one appearances for the Yankees last season, a June 29th start against the Chicago White Sox, where he gave up six runs in two and a third innings pitched.