Brian Cashman had an update on Phil Hughes. He still has yet to get on a half-mound.
“He did some conditioning yesterday and heâ€™s getting closer,” Cashman said. “But I donâ€™t have a date to give you (for when he pitches off the mound).”
Cashman was asked when the Yankees could get Hughes back.
I couldnâ€™t say. Once heâ€™s on top of a full mound doing bullpens then you start getting an idea and can start mapping out the bullpens, BPs and rehab games. Until weâ€™re at that point, itâ€™s pure guesstimate,” he said. “Hamstrings are a tricky things. You remember Robbie Cano, it took a long time for Robbie last year. Every time he got close, we had to back off a little bit because he would feel something.”
Hughes has now been out 16 days and has yet to get on the mound. Figure another 5-7 days for that. Once he gets on the mound the schedule will be something like this:
Bullpen then two days off, bullpen then two days off, batting practice then two days off, batting practice then two days off, simulated game then four days off, rehab game then four days off, rehab game then four days off.
That’s a total of 27 days assuming everything goes right and he needs only two rehab starts. If history is any guide, the Yankees will be very cautious with him. So don’t figure on seeing Hughes any time soon.