Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he was encouraged by Phil Hughes’ round of live batting practice. Hughes went through his usual warmup, then threw 22 pitches.
Depending on how Hughes feels in the next few days, it’s possible his next step will be a few starts in extended spring training to build up innings before he starts an official rehab assignment.
Rothschild said Hughes was able to maintain his arm speed and velocity, but the team didn’t have a radar gun on him to know an exact velocity. Too early for that, Rothschild said.