Two months ago, Joel Sherman wrote that Phil Hughes “has a questionable work ethic and more of an injury history at 21 than [Johan] Santana at 28.” At the same time, reportedly, Sherman said, on ESPN Radio 1050 (in NYC) with Max Kellerman, that Hughes’ conditioning was a poorly kept secret within the Yankees’ organization. And, that’s why they had Clemens and Pettitte work with Hughes.
Now, today, via the AP, we see this from Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland (on Hughes):
“He’s been very diligent in his work this offseason, more so than he has in the past,” Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “But he’s human as well. He hears the rumors. But like I tell him, all he can control is how he prepares and gets himself ready to pitch.”
“He’s starting to figure out some things as far as work ethic goes and what it takes to get ready for spring training,” Eiland said. “This is his third major league camp. Now he’s going in as a member of the pitching staff rather than just a top prospect trying to get a couple looks and being sent out. He’s getting himself ready to pitch in a major league season.”
…he’s been very diligent in his work this offseason, more so than he has in the past…
…he’s starting to figure out some things as far as work ethic goes…
Is Eiland confirming what Sherman claimed with these statements? It’s hard to say, yes, or no, either way, for sure, right?