Phil Hughes is continuing his way back to the Bronx. Tomorrow, Hughes will make a rehab start for short-season Class A Staten Island at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York. This start will mark Hughes' first outing against non-Yankee competition since April 15, when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
He last threw on Tuesday during an intrasquad game at the Yankees Minor League complex in Tampa, Florida. During the outing, Hughes threw 49 pitches, struck out six, and allowed only two hits while completing 3.2 innings of work. Most encouraging, his fastball topped out at 93 mph.
During his upcoming outing, Hughes will be limited to only 65 pitches. However, if all goes well, Hughes will be bumped up to about 80 pitches during his next rehab start.
Here's to hoping all goes well with Hughes. With uncertainty surrounding the back end of the Yankees' rotation, now is as good of a time as any for Hughes to come back healthy and strong.