May 2, 2011

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Phil Hughes tests negative for circulatory and vascular issues

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Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that right-hander Phil Hughes tested “negative for all vascular and circulatory conditions,” which eliminates the possibility of thoracic outlet syndrome.

This is really a good news, bad news situation. It’s good in that the Yankees have eliminated one potentially serious possibility, but they’re still searching for answers regarding Hughes’ “dead arm” and diminished velocity.

Hughes posted a 13.94 ERA over his first three starts before being placed on the disabled list on April 15. He averaged just 89.2 mph on his fastball compared to 92.6 mph last season. Hughes attempted to throw last Monday, but was sent for testing after the session did not go well. The mystery continues.

Dallas Braden has setback during throwing session

Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto
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The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser tweets that Dallas Braden’s throwing session Monday didn’t go as hoped and that Braden will be reexamined by team doctors.

Braden was throwing for the first time since going on the disabled list April 18 with left shoulder inflammation. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts before going down.

The 27-year-old Braden has dealt with numerous injuries dating back to his time in the majors, though he did stay healthy enough to go 11-14 with a 3.50 ERA in 30 starts for Oakland last year. He missed much of 2006 following shoulder surgery, and this is the third straight year that he’s spent time on the DL.

Tyson Ross, who pitched seven scoreless innings against the Angels on Wednesday, will continue to occupy Braden’s spot in the rotation.

Jake Peavy set for next rehab start Thursday

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Jake Peavy’s return from shoulder surgery was delayed just two weeks ago, but it’s now possible that he could make his season debut with the White Sox as soon as next week.

Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that Peavy will make his next — and potentially final — minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Peavy was originally scheduled to start with Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday, but there doesn’t appear to be any significance to the change.

Peavy struck out eight while allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte this past Friday.

He’ll likely be reevaluated following Thursday’s outing, but Peavy’s projected return comes at an interesting time for the White Sox, as Phil Humber has a 2.67 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio over his first five starts with the White Sox this season. It’s a pretty nice problem to have.