An MRI and X-ray taken Thursday revealed a stress fracture of Hughes' ninth rib on the right side, which will prohibit the 21-year-old right-hander from even picking up a baseball for at least the next four weeks.Of course, it's not the whole reason, but if Hughes can rest his mind "thinking" that this was a primary reason, maybe he can come back strong in July. July? Yes, July. Ugh.
"I'm disappointed," Hughes said. "At least I have an answer to what was going on. I know it's going to be at least a few weeks until I'm even throwing again, and that's the most disappointing part."
Of course, the lunkheads will cry to the heavens, skewering Cashman for not making the Santana deal. We KNEW these are just kids and it was certainly possible to experience the ugly growing pains. We didn't think it'd be this bad, of course. But, it's easy to say "See? You shoulda got Santana..." But the truth is, a $150M contact plus 40% for luxe tax is quite a hefty sum. And what if Santana was the one who blew out a rib while Hughes was having a good season in MIN? The same lunkheads would be crying "See? We shoulda kept the kids!"
I remain confident in Cashman's ability to keep an eye on both the future and the present. (For now...as I watch Kennedy surrender an early lead.)
Feel free to second guess until you're comfortable.
Reviewing the non-trade for Santana: