Injury Report: Phil Hughes to the DL?

The hope is that injuries are few and far between for Yankees' prospects. But, in our latest report here at, we'll look at the most recent injury to a Yankee prospect. Superstar pitching prospect, Phil Hughes recently has gone down with an injury.

In an extremely crucial game for the Charleston RiverDogs on Saturday night, one that could have clinched the first half championship, Phil Hughes was scheduled to take the ball. So, when Tyler Clippard was brought down from High A Tampa, there was something not entirely right. As the RiverDogs' ace all season long, Hughes would not have been skipped over in favor of Clippard, despite the importance of this ballgame.

After the surprising appearance of Tyler Clippard in low A ball, despite having a good year with the Tampa Yankees, learned that there was a deeper reason why Phil Hughes was not making his start. According to sources close to the team, Hughes has been sent to the Yankees' Tampa complex to take care of a slight case of shoulder tendonitis.

As they usually are with their prize pitching prospect, who is off to a 7-1 start with Charleston, the Yankees are going to be very cautious with Hughes. In all likelihood, he will spend a couple weeks in Tampa to work out the tendonitis rather than trying to get better while still with the team. There has been no official word as to whether the Charleston ace will go on the disabled list or not, but he will most certainly be missing at least a couple more starts, including his start in the SAL All-Star game. On the other hand, the most important thing is that the Yankees are playing it safe with the situation, so that Hughes can be back as soon as possible, 100% healthy. No details have been released yet by the organization in regard to a possible stint on the disabled list or how long Hughes will remain in Tampa. We will continue to follow this developing story very closely in the weeks ahead.

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