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Phil Hughes is possibly out for the rest of the postseason, as he left Game 3 with a herniated disk.
Well, say, either it's just not the Yankees' season, or this is all going to make a helluva story. Phil Hughes was sailing along Game 3, holding the Tigers scoreless through the first three innings. But in the bottom of the fourth, Delmon Young hit a solo home run to put the Tigers up 1-0. Hughes walked Andy Dirks on five pitches, and on the last pitch he motioned for the trainers to come out.
According to Craig Sager on the TBS broadcast, the prognosis is a herniated lumbar disk, which is pretty freaky. According to the Internet, which has never failed me before, the condition is described as when ...
... the inner contents of a disc (the nucleus pulposus) leak out of a tear of the annulus fibrosis of the disc
Treatment can be non-surgical according to this journal article, and as for a return for Hughes ...
Overall, the return-to-play rate following treatment of lumbar disk hernation was 97.1% at an average time of 6.6 months from the time of injury.
So it's likely that Hughes is out for the postseason, which is another rough blow for the Yankees.
Update: ESPN is reporting a stiff back. Who you going to believe, the worldwide leader in sports, or a dude with a crazy jacket? I'm going with crazy jacket.