Phil Hughes has a bulging disk in his back

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Phil Hughes injured his back during fielding drills Monday and an MRI exam revealed a bulging disk.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Hughes will be out “for at least a week” and is taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Hughes expressed optimism about being totally pain free in 4-5 days, but obviously a bulging disk in a pitcher’s back is not your typical “don’t worry about it” early spring training injury and he’s had back problems down the stretch in each of the past two seasons.