Phil Hughes pitched in his first game since May 1 tonight when be faced the Dunedin Blue Jays at Legends Field.
He went two innings, allowing one unearned run and no hits. He walked two, struck out three. Hughes retired five of the last batters he faced, three on strikeouts.
I have not received word on when Hughes will pitch again. But figure on it being this weekend for Trenton, probably for four innings. The Yankees will proceed cautiously with him to make sure he is OK.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: The Yankees PR machine is reporting that Hughes threw 36 pitches, 20 for strikes. That makes sense. They would want him to go up 15 or 20 each time.
So 55-60 for Trenton
Then 75-80 for Scranton
Then 95-100 for the Yankees.
I would expect the AP to move some quotes later on. I’ll post those when they become available.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Here are some Hughes quotes courtesy of the AP:
On his outing: “I was a little tentative in the first inning, but that’s to be expected. The second inning I felt a lot more comfortable. I was kind of letting it go and not really thinking about landing as much on my front foot or anything like that.”
On his ankle and hammy: “I didn’t feel a thing out there so it was good.”
On being out so long: “It’s been very tough. Not just the fact that the team is struggling, but from a selfish point of view, you never want to be out, whether I was in Triple-A or the big leagues. It’s frustrating, especially the amount of time. You know little injuries are going to happen, but twice in a row like it did, it’s very frustrating. I try not to dwell on it too much.”
Hughes will start Saturday for Trenton at Waterfront Park against Binghamton at 7:05. Also, word is that Jeff Karstens will start Thursday for Staten Island at home against Auburn at 7:10.