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Phil Hughes shows improved velocity in impressive Double-A rehab start

Jun 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Phil Hughes had a very encouraging rehab start today at Double-A, throwing 6.1 innings of one-run ball before leaving to what Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York described as “a standing ovation.”

Mazzeo reports that Hughes’ fastball was clocked as high as 94 miles per hour and topped 91 miles per hour 48 times, which is a big change from the 89.3 miles per hour he averaged prior to being shut down in mid-April with arm problems.

General manager Brian Cashman and other members of the Yankees’ front office were on hand for the performance, which included eight strikeouts and 20 swinging strikes. He’s scheduled to start next week at Triple-A and another impressive outing could get him back into the Yankees’ second-half plans.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Wonderful news for Yankees fans and their team that has been absolutely depleted with injuries. Hughes(and his when healthy 2010 4.19 ERA) can come in now and join the staff as the #5 starter behind CC, AJ, Garcia and Nova. The question is, where will they put him when Colon comes back? In the bullpen?

    • uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      That’s not a problem because they will move Nova to the bullpen when both Hughes and Colon are healthy.

      • screename529 - Jun 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        ..or Garcia. Both of whom he’s a superior pitcher to at this point.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2011 at 5:14 PM

        screenname529 – Both Cashman and Girardi have unofficially stated that Hughes will start, period. And also the way Colon has pitched since replacing Hughes means he will remain in the starting rotation. Between Nova and Garcia, Nova is by far the weakest link in the rotation he’s very inconsistent and almost never makes it past the 6 inning and sometimes that that far. He is far more suited to be the long relief guy.

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    I hope his AAA start is at home so I can attend.

  3. damnyankee13 - Jun 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Yowsa, this is great news. We could use hmi! Definate shot in the arm!

  4. futuresdoctor - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Lets not be throwing anybody under the bus yet. He needs to pitch effectively in the majors first. I m sure the Yankees willbe hapy to have that problem.

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