May 31, 2007

Guess what? More injuries

- Giambi's foot problems are finally landing him on the DL - he'll be there at least three weeks. Triple-A Scranton outfielder Kevin Thompson will be called up, Damon will become the primary DH and Melky will become the everyday centerfielder.

- Phil Hughes' hamstring problem was compounded when he sprained his ankle exercising in Tampa, setting his return back another four to six weeks (ugh).

- First Arod made the cover of the NY Post for going to a stripclub with a 'mystery blond,' then last night he yelled at Toronto's third-baseman causing him to drop an easy pop-up. Now his wife apparently moved out.
I don't doubt that he is/has cheated on his wife - he's a great, rich, good-looking baseball player (on the New York Yankees no less) who's out of town half the year (after all, I'm not naive). Arod must be jealous of Jeter (for more than one reason), but this is probably a big reason - no wife or family to worry about; he can sleep with any woman at any time and have (practically) no repercussions. His list of girlfriends (which doesn't even include Jessica Biel) is almost unmatched.
As for his 'bush league' play last night, I don't have a big problem with it. I'm sure I've seen plenty of other players do it over the years, but it happened to work this time because the third-baseman was a rookie. The Jays are ripping him, but do they remember Jason Phillips' shove of Josh Phelps that cost the Yanks the game on Tuesday? Or look at it this way: if Jeter pulled the same stunt, he'd be lauded for 'gamesmanship,' 'smart baseball' and the 'drive to win.' Arod is simply a lightning rod.

- Daisuke Matsuzaka had another poor start! I really wanted the Yanks to get him, but not so much now (and especially after the $51 million posting bid). Yeah, he's had a few great starts against mediocre teams, but he's been incredibly inconsistent (4.83 era) in what's normally the best season for Japanese imports (their first year). Mostly they fall off after their rookie campaign, so (fortunately) Matsuzaka might fare even worse next year. Of course, it's not good news for Kei Igawa either, who got rocked in his second minor league start on Tuesday (5 ip, 4 er). If both of these pitchers fail (to meet expectations), will it prevent outrageous posting fees in the future or dissuade other Japanese pitchers from entering the bigs? My guess, no and no.

May 30, 2007

Yanks find creative ways to lose

Aaron Hill stole home in the 8th inning of a tie game, giving Toronto a one run lead - and that was the difference in the ballgame. A steal of home?! That's rarer than a damn inside-the-park home run! (I'm actually not certain of that, but it sure seems that way.)

Why did Arod field that bunt that looked to be going foul? And why did Torre bring in Proctor instead of Bruney to get a k? Proctor career k/9: 7.4, 2007: 5.5 vs. Bruney career k/9: 9.9, 2007: 9.0. Instead, Proctor gave up a sac fly that allowed Toronto to take the lead for good.

To make matters worse, it was another beautiful (and wasted) start by Andy Pettitte - 7.1 innings, one earned run, lowering his team leading (and fourth in the league) era to just 2.51. It's sad to see such a great year being wasted - Pettitte took the loss again, dropping his record to 3-4, another example of why Win-Loss records are meaningless: he's been by far the Yanks best pitcher this year.

- Elsewhere, Tampa's Joba Chamberlain was selected as the Florida State League's 'Pitcher of the Week' for the second time this season. His stats to date: 28 ip, 1.61 era, 14 h, 32 k, 9 bb.

- Roger Clemens will make his 2007 debut in Chicago on Monday night. It might be too late at this point, but I'll keep the faith until they're mathematically eliminated...

May 28, 2007

I'm away for the weekend...

and chaos ensues. I went to St. Louis to help my brother-in-law move and didn't watch (mercifully) any games this weekend.

I can't really comment on anything specific, but once I watched the DVRed games I will. I only hope I can make it through all three games (painful losses which could be the microcosm of the season).

How can a team take two of three from Boston and (seem to have fire) then drop three straight when they're desperate for wins? No, Joe Torre shouldn't be fired - maybe it's just one of those years.

May 23, 2007

Yanks show some moxie

(I'm not certain of the exact definition of 'moxie,' but this occasion seems apt.)

I'll get to Pettitte, but the Yanks offense finally put on a show. It wasn't the normal big inning that won the game but spreading the offense around, never giving Boston a chance to catch up. They scored in six different innings. The big blow came in the first inning with a Matsui two-run homer just over the right field wall. He had crushed a fastball foul on the previous pitch, and for some reason, Schilling threw another fastball only out over the plate - Matsui didn't miss the second one.

But the real hero was, once again, Andy Pettitte. A brilliant performance by the lefty, going seven stellar innings allowing just one run.

This brings me to the home plate umpire: one of the worst umpired games I've ever seen, specifically balls and strikes. From the first inning, CB Bucknor had one of the smallest strike zones I've ever seen. Pettitte could have legitimately struck out David Ortiz on consecutive pitches, both called balls (fortunately he induced a swinging strike on the next pitch). I recall several curveballs that came in waist high that have been (by every other ump this year) called strikes. The same went for Schilling, who had to groove pitches just to get strikes. He's a guy that won't give in and walk a guy - he'd rather give up a HR than a walk, which happened twice tonight: Matsui's and DMint's HRs were on full counts. Considering the ump and the lineup, Pettitte's outing was perhaps his best of the year.

Jeter had three hits tonight and passed Joe D for fifth on the Yanks all-time hit list. He will certainly pass Lou Gehrig (2721 hits) to overtake the top spot, then become the first Yankee to ever surpass 3000 hits, and even has a legitimate shot at 4000 hits (Jeter's average of 208 per season means 8.6 more years to reach that milestone), something only two other players (Cobb, Rose) have ever done.

Great to go into the off day with a win, especially a series win against Boston. A sweep would have been nice, but I won't complain about two out of three. Ty Clippard goes for his second win against Anaheim on Friday. I'm looking forward to see if he can reproduce his success from Sunday night. His changeup, his best pitch, wasn't even working well against the Mets, and he still pitched superbly.

- Roger Clemens pitched for Double-A Trenton tonight, and labored (102 pitches) through 5.1 innings, giving up three earned runs. His next start may be next week in Toronto for the big club. He didn't seem that ready tonight, so I wouldn't mind him getting another minor league start (maybe for Scranton) before hitting the Bronx.

- Bad news: Carla Pavano will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season (this is the first time I've ever referred to him as 'Carla,' but it's now warranted). Good news: we will never have to concern ourselves with him again. Like Fredo in the Godfather, 'You're dead to me.' The biggest free agent bust ever? Probably not. The biggest Yankee free agent bust ever? Quite possibly.

May 22, 2007

I was right, who knew?

Mussina got rocked (on his slow fastball) and even Tavarez wasn't bad enough to discount another poor Moose start. The Yanks had the bases full twice and only scored one run each time. An extra-base hit on one of those occasions and the ballgame could have had a very different result.

Moose's era is now an ugly 6.52. His fastball (as the Boston commentators kept saying) barely touched 87 mph all night. It even got as low as 82! The big blow was a Manny Ramirez 3-run shot in the first inning - he teed off on a poorly located 84 mph fastball. At what point does Mussina's year (and stuff) become so bad that the Yanks would rather go with a youngster, e.g. Clippard, DeSalvo, Rasner, Karstens (when they recover), assuming Hughes already has a spot in the rotation? Maybe soon. Outside of Igawa and Pavano, Moose has been the Yanks worst starter. You could group the starters two ways: the good and the bad. The good would include Pettitte and Wang, the bad Igawa, Pavano and Mussina. Very fortunately, a 7-time Cy Young winner will be joining the rotation within a few weeks, followed thereafter by the best pitching prospect in baseball. If the team can just play .500 or better until Hughes returns, I'll feel good about the rest of the season.

May 21, 2007

Wang looks sharp

Considering the lineup, tonight may have been Wang's best outing of the year. He definitely had the best slurve I've ever seen from him. That's the pitch he was working on this offseason to increase his strikeouts and it served him well tonight, as he totaled a season high five k's (hey, that's a lot for him). His sinker was moving hard inside while his slurve curved softly away (from righties), a deadly combination. And his sinker wasn't even that great tonight, but fortunately the slurve made up for it. If he ever has both of those pitches working well, we'll witness utter domination (which he did against Seattle a few weeks ago without his good slurve (Boston has the much better lineup though)). Even his changeup looked good, garnering a few swings and misses. He looks to be settling into a groove, having two great starts in a row after being very up and down.

Even though Julian Tavarez is going for Boston tomorrow, I don't feel good about the game due to Mussina. He's been extremely hot and cold this year and against Boston's lineup, I fear he won't fare well. His fastball has lost a lot since last year, and his command isn't the pinpoint precision it normally is.

But for the time being, the Yanks are victorious. Enjoy it! :D

Elsewhere, good news: Phil Hughes threw 25 pitches off a half-mound and did some running drills. He's expected to return as the fifth starter in mid-June.

And Ty Clippard will start Friday night against Anaheim after a great debut last night.

Why Ortiz?

After receiving a pretty nasty comment, I felt it would be best to respond where everyone could see it. I made an off-hand comment in an earlier post that I think David Ortiz took or is taking steroids (along with Sosa and Bonds). I received a comment from 'Matt32.'

Matt32: 'Not all yankee bloggers are as wreckless as this one.'

Oh, so I'm wreckless for stating my opinion. So those other bloggers are staight news men who never share their opinions?

'Here's the thing. The yankees have a history with steroids. First sheffield, and now giambi. The red sox have been completely untouched by steroids. No one who knows what they're talking about points to ortiz. He's always been a big guy, and doesn't have the type body you get from steroids.'

You call two players a 'history'? One of them is on Detroit. Does that mean Detroit now has a 'history'? And the only reason Giambi is even caught up in this is because Bonds used Balco, and Giambi (probably) also did from his days in the Bay Area too. If not for the Bonds investigation, we might still think he was clean as a whistle - as some people think about Ortiz, who I'll get to below.

'One more thing, this blogger was wrong (again) about steroids making hitters more powerful. Steroids help you recover from workouts faster, which helps you work out more. But simply taking steroids wouldn't do a thing.'

Really? So steroids don't increase muscle mass? disagrees with you, and I'll take their word over yours. "When most of us should not train more than 3-4 times per week, and every time we train we should not spend more than 1 hour in the gym, people that use steroids can easily train 6 times per week, splitting their sessions in morning and afternoon training, as well as they are able to spend easily 2 hours in the gym, getting stronger and bigger, week after week. (That's something that would make any natural bodybuilder get overtrained in no time!) Consequently, these people are able to train longer and recuperate faster, making it much easier for them to increase their muscle mass as well as their strength." Clear as day. (c'mon Matt32, this is 9th grade stuff.) If you take two guys, you give them a certain strength goal (for example, to bench 250 lbs), the juicer will get there first because he can exercise more often than the 'clean' guy. His muscle mass and strength increases greater and faster.

And when did I ever say just juicing itself does anything? Of course the juicer has to exercise too. I never wrote that anywhere. Please point me to that statement. And I really don't understand the Bonds defense that steroids don't make it easier to hit a baseball - in a sense this is true, roids don't increase hand-eye coordination. However, being stronger (as a result of juicing) allows batters to swing the bat faster (which allows for greater reaction time when identifying the pitch), hence hit the ball harder/farther (e.g. McGwire, Canseco, etc.). That's just common sense.

'Again, I encourage you to check out other yankee blogs that are far more careful with accusations and that back up there facts.'

Again, I encourage you to check out other yankee blogs and see how much of it is opinion. That's what the blogosphere is for. If you want hard news, go to the New York Times. But wait a minute, even they have an opinion section! What's the world coming to?!

So why do I believe Ortiz has/is juicing? Several reasons:

1. Injuries
Ortiz had many injury problems during his tenure in Minnesota - he never had more than 415 at-bats in any season there (his last). All of a sudden, he's been healthy for four straight years (hasn't had less than 448 ab in his Boston tenure). Roids increase recuperation time, so it doesn't seem like much of a stretch to presume that Ortiz began taking roids to help himself recover from his various injuries (to increase muscle and bone rebuilding) around his last year with Minnesota or his first year with Boston. But a negative side effect can be...

2. The heart
Look at last year's heart problems. And as we know (again here), heart problems can be a sign of steroid use. "steroids do make your muscles grow more (that's the good part), but they affect ALL the body's muscle growth (including the heart of course, and thats the bad part). The heart is a muscle that is also affected by steroids..."

3. His OPS+ was never more than 122 (his last year in Minnesota). Since joining Boston, it's never been below 144. He was merely a good hitter with Minnesota (and never even an All-Star), now he's a perennial MVP candidate. He never slugged over .500, now he slugs .600+ every year. He never hit more than 20 HR in Minnesota; with Boston he's never hit less than 31. And this was all after his 'peak' years of 26-27 (peak years determined by Bill James and Baseball Prospectus if you're wondering). It's not damning by itself, but how often to players jump that much? Say what you will about Bonds, Giambi and McGwire, but at least they had precedents of great hitting; not so for Ortiz.

4. And who said he's had the same body type his whole career? I beg to differ.

Looks remarkably similar to this, except it happened during an even shorter timespan than Bonds:

None of this, of course, is hard irrefutable evidence that he did/does juice, but it does seem to point in that direction.

May 20, 2007

Yanks fighting Murphy's Law

from -

It is one thing to have bad luck. It is another to have bad performances. But when you have both bad luck and bad performances, you're going to be at 10 least games out of first place by the middle of May.

Welcome to the New York Yankees' 2007 season. The Yankees have certainly had more than their share of misfortune in the young season, particularly with injuries to pitchers.

Another one occurred on Saturday, when starting pitcher Darrell Rasner took a one-hop smash from Endy Chavez off his right hand and had to leave the game, just two batters into his start, with a fractured index finger. Just 20 days earlier, the Yankees had lost another young starter in strikingly similar circumstances, when Jeff Karstens had his right fibia fractured by a batted ball.

This is misfortune, and so is the larger pitching picture, with a total of six Yankees starters on the disabled list at one time or another. There is no need to understate or overstate; most of this is bad luck of the pure and simple variety.

But the rest of it, the 18-23 record, the double-digit deficit to the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, is the product of inadequate baseball. It is the product of the Yankees playing in such a way that they no longer resemble themselves.

Couldn't have said it better myself. The question is: when will it turn around?

No, the Yankees have great luck

Their starter only broke his finger nine pitches into yesterday's game and could miss three months! Roger can't get here fast enough.

- Speaking of him, I just watched his start from Friday night for the class-A Tampa Yanks - he looked good, not great, but good for his first real game of the year. There was no speedometer on the telecast but the announcers said his fastball was sitting 90-91. It should reach 93-94 by his first major league game. One thing that really surprised me was his slurve - a pitch he used sparingly when last I saw him with the 2003 team. I don't know if this is a new pitch or just an improved slider, but it's a real 12-6 strikeout curveball, not the little slider I remember him throwing merely to get ahead early in the count. He used his splitter sparingly, perhaps because he didn't have the feel for it, or he felt the need to work on his other pitches more, or his outing just didn't go long enough to break it out for more than anything but practice. His next scheduled start is on Wednesday for Double-A Trenton (a game I might attend - Philly is about 40 minutes from Trenton).

- It would have made Ty Clippard's life much easier if the Yanks had managed to win one of the last two games, but instead he makes his major league debut tonight trying to avoid the sweep. Outside of his solid k/bb stats (4.2 for his minor league career), his best attribute is his health (scouting report here): he hasn't missed a single start in the minors, spanning 553 innings in 101 games over five seasons. He could be a very solid back end starter for years to come, the best part being his dependability/durability (he's the opposite of Carl Pavano). However, knowing this season, and the plague infecting the Yanks pitching staff, he may very well be knocked off the mound by a gust of wind and break his hand (knock on wood).

- Elsewhere, Jason Giambi's comments may lead to another attempt by the Yanks front office to void his contract. They tried to do so before in early 2005 after he apologized (for what he didn't say) after a miserable 2004 season: 80 games, .208/.342/.379. I understand it because he is overpaid for his production, but who the hell is going to replace his (still powerful) bat? Eric Duncan? No. Shelley Duncan? No. Andy Phillips? He had his shot last year. A trade for Mark Teixeira? Doubtful, especially with so many (major and minor league) players injured. I suppose Melky would become an everyday outfielder, with Matsui, Abreu and Damon taking turns as DH, but Melky will never be the hitter Giambi is. It's risky trying to void his contract, not just to lose his bat, but it could easily generate ill will among other players.

May 18, 2007

Giambi admits to steroid use

We essentially knew this already, but Giambi said it specifically now. I just hope (and believe) he's not using them currently. Now it's time for others [clears throat] (Bonds, Ortiz, Sosa, etc.) to own up to it.

One thing Giambi said I have to take exception to: "That stuff didn't help me hit home runs. I don't care what people say, nothing is going to give you that gift of hitting a baseball."

Obviously steroids increase strength, therefore one can swing wooden bats faster (than someone not juicing), increasing bat speed (a key to good hitting), hence making it ever so easier to (yes!) hit a baseball. That .05 second increase (or thereabouts) in bat speed enables the hitter to see the ball .05 seconds longer. That does help to hit a baseball. And not just hit it, but hit it harder and farther.

Pete Abe who found the story.

May 17, 2007

First the pitching,

now the hitting.

Meanwhile, Scranton's Tyler Clippard was pulled from tonight's start after one inning, and since Wang is scratched from Sunday's start, it looks as though T-Clip will make his major league debut in Shea Sunday night. A little background: Clippard is one those guys whose stats exceed his stuff. He led his league in strikeouts last year and even pitched a no-hitter. His best pitch is his changeup, and he has great command, but his fastball barely touches 92. He's struck out a ton of guys in the minors due to his command, so you'll see him k some guys on that fastball that grazes the inside corner or a well placed outside changeup.

Wow. The fifth rookie (counting Igawa) to make his ML debut, and it's only mid-May!

Something about luck

I've recently been denounced (by an 'anonymous' critic) of having 'no baseball knowledge' after saying the Yanks have been unlucky this year. When I say the Yankees have had poor luck this season, it's not just me, some fan, basing it on mere observation - it's backed up by research from Bill James, the foremost baseball analyst of the last 30 years. I'm talking about 'pythagorean win percentage,' which was specifically designed to determine the expected record of a given team based on runs scored and runs allowed. The definition can be found here. And as you can see on the Yankees page, their record should be 22-16, not below .500; not to mention the grievous amount of injuries to the pitchers (even ravaging the minor league teams) - hence, poor luck.

May 15, 2007

Negativity and Clemens

- If you're concerned, don't be. The Yanks are 8 1/2 out of first, which is certainly not good, but not dire like some are saying. They've been very unlucky as I noted previously, and luck will catch up with them while Boston will come back to Earth. There are 126 games to go, and it's certainly within the realm of possibility (or perhaps probability) that the Yanks win nine more games than Boston over the course of those 126 games.

- Roger Clemens is slated to make his 2007 minor league debut Friday night for the A-ball Tampa Yanks. The game will actually be broadcast on ESPN at 7 p.m. Another reason to watch is for two prospects - outfielder Jose Tabata and catcher Francisco Cervelli.

May 14, 2007

Rocket already earning his keep

The Sporting News -

Roger Clemens made 47 throws during a seven-minute session in the outfield on Monday during his first workout at the the New York Yankees' minor league complex.

Clemens is scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday. Barring any problems, he will make his first minor league start Friday night for Class-A Tampa and could be pitching for the Yankees during the last week of May or first few days of June.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner spent 4 1/2 hours at the complex. He was on the field for 65 minutes doing running, agility work and fielding drills.

Clemens did not speak at length with reporters, When departing and reporters asked questions, all Clemens said about the workout was that it was "good."

Clemens played catch with Phil Hughes, the promising rookie right-hander on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. Clemens also spent 30 minutes standing on a mound discussing pitching mechanics with Hughes.

I'd love for Clemens to also get a chance to work with Dellin Betances and Joba Chamberlain, two flamethrowers in the low minors (one of which won his league's player of the week award).

When will the luck catch up?

The Yankees have scored 25 more runs than they have allowed. Based on that, they should have a winning record, but are instead two games under .500. Have faith, fellow fans, for there are 126 games remaining this season, and Boston has blown large division leads each of the last two years. The good luck will start to come our way, and when it does finally, watch for a 10+ game winning streak.

May 12, 2007

More photos

Photos taken April 2, 2007, from top left: Two shots, construction of the new Stadium; Opening Day, unfurling the flag during the National Anthem; the teams standing for the anthem; Mo pitching (you can kind of see the haze when the sun finally came out); the new Stadium work permits; and the flag with the courthouse and facade behind it.

At least 11

Different pitchers will pitch for the Yankees this season. Can you name them? (hint: four made their major league debuts and one is a first ballot hall of famer who has yet to pitch.)

Can I do it off the top of my head?
Pavano, Igawa, Pettitte, Mussina, Wang, DeSalvo, Hughes, Rasner, Karstens, Clemens, C. Wright. Damn, that's a lot, and I even expect a few names to join the list, mostly from the Triple-A ranks.

May 11, 2007

I come back

And this is how the Yanks play? Outside of Jeter, Arod and Posada, the offense did nothing while making Jarrod Washburn look like Warren Spahn.

May 4, 2007

When 11 runs aren't enough

I'm sure the probability of a team scoring 11 runs and losing is miniscule, like two percent. But not for Kei Igawa and the atrocious bullpen sported by the Yanks tonight (admittedly following a doubleheader).

Colter Bean's fifth inning was one of the worst relief outings you'll ever see: no outs, two hits, two walks, four earned runs. He entered and threw eight straight balls. Torre took him out after running a 2-0 count to his last batter (of 17 pitches, four were strikes).

Igawa couldn't get out of the fifth, and allowed three HRs and eight earned runs. His changeup that dives in to righties (when most dive away) was his death knell. Torre should have just let him take a beating to save the pen. And why not the recently recalled Chris Britton instead of Bean or Vizcaino (again)?

At least Mike Myers was able to save some of the other arms, going four innings with just one earned run. Through five weeks, he's already halfway to his 2006 innings total (30.2).

Here's to hoping Matt DeSalvo (who makes his major league debut on Monday) pitches well enough to knock Igawa out of the rotation. He's dominated Triple-A so far: 25.2 ip, 1.05 era, 23 k, 13 bb, 0 HR, .167 baa.

15-11 Seattle

Fortunately, tomorrow is Wang's turn. If you didn't know, he's one of the 'most influential people' in the world (I didn't know either). Going for Seattle is some guy named Jeff Weaver.

I'll be away next week so updates will be sparse.

May 3, 2007

Did you expect a winner to wear anything else?

Wait until I tell my New England relatives...

Shocking News

Carl Pavano will spend more time on the DL! Yes, if you can believe it, the modern day equivalent of Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken rolled into one felt discomfort in his arm during a bullpen session, and will visit notorious arm surgeon James Andrews in Alabama.

- After the fourth hamstring injury (Wang, Mussina, Matsui and Hughes) of the season last night, the director of performance enhancement was fired today. I don't know if he was responsible for the plague of injuries, but on the other hand, it's been too often and serious to just be coincidence.

May 2, 2007

Torre expects

Hughes to miss at least four weeks. If this is (likely) a Grade II hamstring tear, he'll miss four to six weeks. Considering Hughes' age and value, the Yanks will baby him, and give him an extra few weeks to rehab (especially if the rest of the staff is healthy and Clemens returns). So the timetable looks like Hughes coming back between early June and early August. My stomach dropped at writing that, but it could've been worse (like injuring his arm (knock on wood)).

Like I wrote last night, it could be a blessing if it keeps Hughes fresh for the stretch run and playoffs...

May 1, 2007

From very high to very low

Phil Hughes was in the midst of a no-hitter in the seventh inning, and ahead of Mark Teixeira 0-2 when he 'tweaked' his left leg.

Before that, he was absolutely dominating, throwing all his pitches for strikes, and only allowed three walks. His pitch count was just 83! And on an 0-2 curve to Teixeira, he grimaced and Posada, Torre, Guidry and Gene Monahan went to the mound, Torre patted him on the shoulder and he left to a standing ovation from the numerous Yankee fans in Arlington.

Un-fucking-believable! Can this team buy an ounce of luck this year?! He better not have a serious injury...

From what I saw, it looked like a tweaked hamstring, which Wang recently returned from. If that's the case, he'll be sidelined for a month or so (probably more because of his longterm value). Looking at the bright side, giving Hughes a month off will help immensely to keep his season inning count below 180 (which the Yanks greatly desire), and it allows guys like Clippard, DeSalvo and Ohlendorf to get major league experience. We pretty much know Hughes will be a success, but the other Triple-A guys are less certain. This also gives more motivation to sign Roger Clemens, who said he'll decide this month which team he's going to join.

Update: Rumor is 'at least six weeks.' God dammit!

Second update: Now I'm reading that a 'pop' can mean a tear of the ACL, MCL or PCL, which are all serious injuries. No, not happening...

Third update: Hughes himself said he would miss at least five to 10 days (two starts). I hope he's right.

Fourth update: Watching the replay, it looked like a pretty bad injury. I'm thinking two months.