Phil Hughes: New York Yankees Place Struggling Starter on DL
Phil Hughes Lands on DL with 'Dead Arm'
It's been obvious from his first start that something is wrong with Phil Hughes. The New York Yankees' young righty just didn't seem to have the same kind of stuff that led him to 18 wins in 2010, and his 13.94 ERA in three starts was certainly nothing to write home about.
Well, it appears that the Yankees have seen enough. The word from the New York Daily News and other media sources is that the team has placed Hughes on the 15-day disabled list with what manager Joe Girardi is calling a "dead arm."
Girardi spoke about Hughes before Friday night's game against the Texas Rangers, and he clarified that the team does not think that Hughes is actually injured.
We just feel like he's going through a dead arm period. We don't feel that he's hurt. There are no tests planned for him, but we saw him get to 91-92 [mph] yesterday and it was like he just ran out of gas after two innings.
So there's concern, because we know the importance of Phil to our rotation and how important he was last year.
Hughes failed to last as long as five innings in any of his three starts this season, allowing a total of 19 hits and 16 earned runs in just 10.1 innings. He struck out just three batters.
"Something had to be done," Hughes said. "My velocity's just not there. My arm feels dead ... This will let me build arm strength and get this right."
Hughes' lack of velocity in the early goings of the 2011 season has been hard to ignore. And according to FanGraphs, our eyes do not deceive us. Hughes threw his fastball at an average velocity of 92.5 mph in 2010, and that number has decreased to 89.3 this season.
Journeyman righty Bartolo Colon will take Hughes' place in New York's rotation. He has a 3.91 ERA in 11.1 innings out of the bullpen.
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