Phil Hughes now knows that everything can turn on one pitch. That knowledge will make him better whether his next start comes in four or six weeks.
Last night was thrilling and disappointing and promising and frustrating. The ride in the Bronx was a buzz and a blast and a break. Many believe the televisions flickered and the radios crackled in the seventh inning.
Hughes commanded the game until he threw a 0-2 curveball to Mark Teixeira with one out in the seventh. He was everything promised and more. A pulled hamstring will delay his future, but nothing can stop him.
I don’t see anything stopping this team either. The rotation is strong even with the injuries: Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Kei Igawa, and Darrell Rasner or Matt DeSalvo or maybe Tyler Clippard.
Hughes’ future has been pushed back to June or maybe July, but the Yankees’ future is tonight.
Andy Pettitte goes back to work.