Phil Hughes out 'a few days' with upper-back stiffness
Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes is suffering from upper-back stiffness and will miss a few days.
|Hughes, flanked by Mariano Rivera (left) and Hiroki Kuroda (right), has a back issue. (US Presswire)|
As we move further into the spring, smallish aches and pains like this will continue to happen, so unless it lingers -- and back issues can certainly do so -- this isn't really a huge reason for concern.
Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 165 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander figures to slot in the rotation behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte. Don't expect a minor back injury in mid-February to change that.
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