These are never words you want to hear from your manager when describing a pitcher's side session leading up to a potential rehab start:
"Not good." "... didn't bounce back like we thought it would." "... obviously a setback." - via Mark Feinsand
"I don't feel so good about it now. I'm concerned." - via Jack Curry
Unfortunately for Yankee fans, those are the words coming from Joe's mouth today after Phil Hughes' session was cut short after a few pitches because his arm had no life and his pitches had no stuff. The rehab start is obviously off and Hughes' return to the rotation now becomes a big fat question mark.
A few weeks ago, when I was discussing the situation, I said that a plan needed to be made to address Hughes' problem and "if it means going out in the 'pen during his side sessions and getting a gun on him while he tries to correct the mechanical flaws, the fine. That's a solid starting point. But if that doesn't help, then medical solutions need to be looked at, be they MRIs, scopes, rest, whatever." Well I think it's safe to say that after today's results, it's time for the MRIs, the scopes, the rest, and whatever because throwing isn't working.
In the mean time, let's all keep praying that Freddy and Bartolo can keep their 2005 resurrection going.