The “upper back discomfort” Phil Hughes began to feel Monday in a defensive drill turned out to be a bulging disc on the right side of his upper back.
Hughes was optimistic that, best-case scenario, he’d be able to pick up a ball and throw in six or seven days, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman said this morning the injury will likely keep Hughes off the mound for about two weeks.
The 26-year-old right-hander said he “felt something grab” while covering first base in a drill Monday — “nothing I haven’t done a thousand times before,” he said — then got an MRI and saw a doctor Tuesday, confirming it was a bulging disc between the T5 and T6 vertebrae.
He’ll be taking anti-inflammatory…
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