Hughes being sent to specialist in St. Louis
Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes is being referred to a specialist in St. Louis after examinations showed that he may be suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve and circulatory condition.
Hughes will be scheduled to see Dr. Robert William Thompson, who specializes in this area, to determine if he indeed does have TOS and the necessary course of treatment.
“We can’t tell you if he has it or if he doesn’t have it, but we’re sending him to a specialist,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Hughes underwent two hours of tests at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Monday and then another five hours of tests on Tuesday. He has been on the disabled list since April 15.
Thompson performed surgery on pitcher Aaron Cook in 2004 to correct TOS.
Additionally, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was taken out of tonight’s game with a stiff right shoulder. He jammed it diving for a ball on Tuesday and felt it bothering him again tonight. No tests are scheduled.