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Phil Hughes throws first bullpen session since being shut down with bulging disk in back

Mar 9, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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Phil Hughes was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his upper back not long after arriving to spring training, but he returned to the mound earlier this morning.

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Hughes threw a 10-pitch bullpen session and reported no issues with his back. He’s scheduled to throw a longer one on Monday and will progress from there.

There’s no timetable for Hughes to throw in a game, so the Yankees are preparing for the possibility that he will not be ready for the start of the season. If he needs more time, Ivan Nova and David Phelps will both begin the year in the rotation.

Hughes, 26, went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA and 165/46 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings last season. He is eligible to become a free agent after the 2013 season.

  1. fanofevilempire - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    can his back be a thing for the entire season or is he clear.
    bad year for this to be a problem.
    I hope he will be healthy.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Good luck Evil Empire fans. So far this spring, the gods of baseball are not favouring your team.

      • fanofevilempire - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        you said it, hopefully they get it out their system
        and leave that behind when they drive up I-95.
        AL East is going to be a Beast this year.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Phelps is more then ready to step in, if i were you i would worry about my own team. You know the one that hasnt done jack in 20 years? Well better add another year cause this year will not be any diffferent, jay fans can really relate to that movie groundhog’s day! After all every season ends the same!!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Alas Harry, Phelps just gave up 5 runs in 3.67 innings to the lowly Twins. I am certainly not worried about him.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Dear Harry. Ivan “Super” Nova blew up today. Phelps sucked yesterday and Nova sucked today. Good luck to the Evil Empire.

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    That’s a good sign. The Yankees need him to get and stay healthy and go into his FA year (2014) with a lights out 2013.

  3. pisano - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    This Ramirez kid that pitched the first four innings today is the real deal, a lot of poise and a 96mph heater, look out for this kid, he’s a commer.

    • pisano - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Check that, comer.

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