Thoughts Pleasant and Unpleasant

Pete Abe has an excellent piece on Phil Hughes, his development as a pitcher, and changes in his curve and change-up grips that have thus far paid dividends.  It’s well worth the read, and hard to argue against Abraham’s closing argument that Hughes will play a significant role with the Yanks this year–that “[h]e’s too good not to.”  Hughes is clearly improving, and is rounding out his repertoire.  I personally like that the coaches have him doing different things.  For example, they have him pitching inside every time he gets ahead on the first pitch.  I love that, even though he’s hit three batters (breezed two) in two short stints.  It’s as much the mentality they want to instill as it is the approach, I believe.  Imagine Hughes with a tight “power curve,” change-up, and cutter to complement his fastball.

According to Marc Carig at The Star-Ledger, and Pete Abe, A-Rod apparently has a cyst on his right hip, and is seeing hip specialist Marc Phillipon in Vail, CO tomorrow.  His status for the WBC is uncertain.  I don’t think this is nothing, yet it also didn’t keep A-Rod from playing, and playing well, a couple times since an MRI on Saturday revealed the formation of a cyst.  Hopefully it isn’t serious.

Gotta jet, work to do tonight.

Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 11:23 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I think the only reason people are saying that this may keep him out of the WBC is just because the Yankees will use this as an excuse. If they really thought this was going to be bad for him they wouldn’t have let him play at all since finding this out.

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