We here at blog headquarters still believe in Phil Hughes.
His injuries have been total freak events. Toes, hamstrings, ribs, etc. His arm is sound, his work ethic is fine and he can still be every bit the pitcher the Yankees think he can be. Let’s keep in mind, he’s only 22.
Hughes is scheduled to throw 60 pitches tonight for AAA Scranton against the Pawtucket Red Sox. It’ll be his third start since coming back from his fractured rib.
The plan is for Hughes to get to 80 pitches on Aug. 12 and around 90-95 on Aug. 17. That start could well be in the big leagues depending on what the Yankees need at the time.
“It’s possible,” Joe Girardi said.
It’s funny. The season started with the Yankees relying heavily on Hughes and Ian Kennedy as starters. It could end that way as well.
Chad Jennings, the man in Scranton, will have all your Hughes news on his blog.