Phil Hughes is here after last night’s rehab start for Double-A Trenton at New Britain, his second official rehab outing. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings because he threw 72 pitches. Only 42 of his pitches went for strikes. He gave up one run, three hits and two walks while striking out three.
Joe Girardi talked to Brian Cashman, who was there, and was told Hughes wasn’t as sharp as the last time out. His velocity, though, sat around 91-92 mph and he topped out at 94.
“It wasn’t as good as my first, but it was still a step in the right direction,” Hughes said. “The velocity from what I gathered was pretty good. It was certainly a lot better than when I was here, so that’s good.”
Hughes said he has been told that he will probably take one or two more starts before returning. He believes the next one will come at Trenton on Wednesday.
“My command wasn’t very good last night, but it was good the one before that,” Hughes said. “But I’m encouraged the next time out I can just clean up a couple of mechanical things.”
“When we think he’s ready, we’ll call him back,” Girardi said.
*Russell Martin is sitting at the start in favor of Francisco Cervelli.
“Just a day game after a night game,” Girardi said.
*The Old-Timers’ Day ceremonies will begin tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. Joe Torre, Bernie Williams and Lou Piniella will be among the first-timers.
“I’m looking foward to seeing Lou and Joe and Bernie,” Girardi said. “Clay Bellinger is coming and I haven’t seen him in a while. It makes it really nice.
“I love when all the guys come back. You get a chance to see them. They’re entertaining in the game. I’m always amazed at how well some of the guys still swing the bat, get around the bases. I’ve always looked forward to it. It’s one of my favorite days during the course of the season. I used to love it as a player. I love it as a manager.”
So is Girardi going to play in the Old-Timers’ game?
“No,” he said. “Too old.”