Friday, May 2, 2008

Phil Hughes Injured and Blind

So it turns out Hughes had a legitimate reason for why he hasn't been so sharp lately. Turns out, he has a fractured rib, and though I'm not a medical expert, I suspect that may have hindered his pitching. It also appears that Hughes is near-sighted and needs glasses. Further more, Hughes discovered that he's actually left handed, and has been pitching with his non-dominant hand all this time. It really does make his recent outings that much more impressive.

Now if Ian Kennedy can discover that he's been pitching on a broken leg, and is legally blind in one eye, then I think this rotation is back on track.

9 comments:

michael kei said...

Isn't Joba ambidextrous, yet uses his left hand for everything but pitching? Can you imagine a switch-pitcher?

alan said...
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alan said...

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Greg_Harris_1955

greg harris was a switch pitcher...

TribeGirl said...

I'm right handed except when it comes to shooting pool, shooting a weapon, and pitching. It has to do with my dominant eye. I used to wear an eye patch to qualify on my weapon when I was younger until the docs figured that out. It's actually very common and quite a few ball players have dominant eye issues.

Fernando Alejandro said...

The Yankees picked up an ambidextrous pitcher in last years draft. He was a relief pitcher who threw over the top from the right side and side arm from the left.

michael kei said...

I haven't looked it up, but can a "switch-pitcher" switch during an at-bat like a switch-hitter can? Is that in the official rulebook or something.

Bucky7588 said...

I'm one of the few who can pitch both left handed and right handed...I think a lot of lefties try it because we're in a righty dominated world....I'm a lefty activist ;)

Fernando Alejandro said...

The rule is that you have to pick which arm you're going to pitch with and you have to stick with it throughout the at bat. You can switch for the next batter.

The guy the Yankees drafted was Pat Venditte. He returned to school this year, so the Yankees couldn't sign him, but I think they're trying to sign him this summer. Here's an article about him:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/06/sports/baseball/06pitcher.html

raven said...

Wow, a switch-pitcher? That's cool.
Now's the time for Hughes and Kennedy to learn to pitch like Jamie Moyer!