Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes is likely out for two weeks because of a bulging disc in his back, reports YES’s Jack Curry and others on Twitter.
Cashman said he hopes Hughes back injury “is nothing major.” Hughes will rest for a week and maybe throw within 2 weeks.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) February 20, 2013
The 26-year-old Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts last season.
Hughes has battled injuries over the past few seasons. Last year, he was pulled from his start against Detroit during Game 3 of the ALCS because of a stiff back. He has also previously battled “dead arm.” He missed a large portion of the 2011 season after his velocity dropped, and some worried the injury might threaten his career.
Getting Hughes back for his spring training work would seem to be important for New York. Reports say Hughes’ back should be symptom-free within five days. The Yankees will then bring him back into his throwing program over the following week.