Among the news items to come out of Tampa today was word that Phil Hughes has not been cleared to pitch from the half-mound yet.
He has been on the disabled list 13 days. So those optimistic projections by the Yankees of him being back in four weeks were clearly mistaken. Hughes has been cleared only to play catch and jog.
By way of comparison, Chien-Ming Wang was off the half-mound within five days of his hamstring pull and he was out for a month. His muscle tear was much smaller than the one Hughes suffered.
There is literally a half-mound that injured pitchers throw off of in Tampa. The difference in grade puts less pressure on their legs.