It was learned on Wednesday that New York Yankees P Phil Hughes is going to miss a least two weeks this spring training while dealing with a bulging disk in his back. Hughes’ injury could deal another blow to an already thin Yankees starting rotation if his injury lingers into the start of the regular season. Despite possible issues with the rotation, the Yankees front office has stated that they have no interest in P Kyle Lohse. Brian Cashman reiterated as much to the New York Post.
New York is scouting veteran Chien-Ming Wang as he pitches in the World Baseball Classic and if he pitches well, the team hopes to add him to the team’s AAA roster as an insurance policy for the regular season.
Lohse has drawn little interest this offseason, mainly because of the fact that he is tied to draft compensation. Lohse was expected to have already signed with a team at this point, but he remains on the open market despite posting a 2.86 ERA in 211 innings pitched last season. The 34-year old posted a 16-3 record last season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.