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Phil Hughes ready for minor league rehab assignment

Apr 23, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

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After throwing an extended bullpen session earlier this afternoon, Phil Hughes told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he expects to make his first minor league rehab start in five days.

“I felt like balls were coming out pretty good,” Hughes said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

While Hughes isn’t sure where he’ll report to make the start, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told him he’s probably going to throw about five innings.

Hughes was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a “dead arm” after he showed diminished velocity while posting a 13.94 ERA over his first three starts. He has averaged just 89.2 mph on his heater this season compared to 92.6 mph last season.

There was no radar gun in the bullpen today, but you can bank on hearing plenty of reports when he makes his first rehab start on Thursday.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 23, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Since the photo is from 4/8 vs. Lackey, it looks to me like his release was way early, his right (power) leg was done, left leg planted too soon. I’d guess this was ball 3, high.
    Hold onto the ball a little longer, Phil.

    • itsacurse - Apr 23, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      Looks to me like he’s about 4.5 times as tall as Brett Gardner, which makes his drop in velocity even more perplexing.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 23, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        It explains Gardner’s hitting, though.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 24, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    baston BLOWS!!

    • pisano - Apr 25, 2011 at 8:25 AM

      dirtyharry1971- That pretty much covers it!

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