One moment, Phil Hughes is eight outs from a no-hitter. The next, he tries to rev it up on a 0-2 pitch to Mark Teixeira, pulls his left hamstring, and is probably done until early July.
As great a story as a no-hitter would have been, the best part for the Yankees was that they finally were having a starter go deep into the game and give the bullpen a breather.
Hughes is now the sixth Yankee (along with Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, and Bobby Abreu) to be sidelined with a muscle strain since spring training began. Think those new performance enhancement coaches GM Brian Cashman hired are feeling the heat right now?
UPDATE: Just learned, courtesy of Peter Abraham of the Journal News, that the Yankees have fired "Director of Performance Enhancement" Marty Miller. He was one of the two new strength and conditioning gurus that Cashman hired before this season. Amazingly, he was hired with no prior experience in major league baseball, and several Yankees reportedly weren't enamored with his methods.