ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie pitcher Phil Hughes of the New
York Yankees was working on a no-hitter in the seventh inning
against the Texas Rangers when he came out of the game with an
apparent leg injury.
Hughes winced and grabbed his left thigh after throwing an 0-2
breaking ball to Mark Teixeira with one out in the seventh. It was
Hughes' 83rd pitch of the game.
Yankees manager Joe Torre, pitching coach Ron Guidry and a
trainer came out to the mound to check on Hughes, who was removed
from the game. The nature of the injury wasn't immediately known.
The 20-year-old Hughes, considered one of the top pitching
prospects in baseball, walked three and struck out six in his
second major league start. He left with a 9-0 lead.
Hughes was called up from Triple-A Scranton to fill a spot in
New York's injury-depleted rotation. Mike Mussina (hamstring), Carl
Pavano (forearm) and Jeff Karstens (broken right leg) are on the
disabled list. Chien-Ming Wang also missed the first three weeks of
the season with a hamstring injury.