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Yankees pregame: Hughes on the rehab road

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 25, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.”

 
 

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27 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Hughes on the rehab road”

  1. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Bern, baby, Bern!

  2. Tom in N.J. June 25th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Bernie was clutch before Jeter made it cool.

    I love the guy.

  3. GreenBeret7 June 25th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    For those that have access to MiLB-TV on the internet, staten Island game is being broadcast with video feed tonight.

  4. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    In Hughes’ first game he had really solid FB command and a sharp CB. His FB was self-admittedly “wild” in the second game. Third game should be day game in warm weather. Hopefully, that will help with command and feel for his secondary pitches.

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  6. Tom in N.J. June 25th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    [to be clear that was not a shot at Jeter.]

  7. Captain Clutch June 25th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Russell Martin is sitting at the start in favor of Francisco Cervelli.
    ————

    I thought we just got rid of the pitcher in the NL. Now we have a new one in the lineup…

  8. Tar June 25th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Tar, as a reliever Hughes had increased velocity and therefore harder to hit/more swings and misses. Not the same as being an SP.

    YF

    You’re right.

    But I am not sure I get the whole up-tick in velocity as a reliever thing. If he can sit at 94 as a RP-why can’t he as a SP? Arm strength?

    I just don’t remember hearing about this as much in the past, as I do now ( Joba ). Is this a new phenomenon?

  9. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    GB, Thanks for the heads up. :)

  10. West Coast Yankee Fan June 25th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    A relief pitcher throws harder because he can go all out for short periods of time whereas a starter has to pace himself.

  11. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Tar, because you are throwing more pitches as a SP. As a late inning RP, you are usually throwing 1 inning; therefore you can air it out.

    Just bought tix for Hughes’ next start, just to cover myself and make sure I am near radar guns. Thing is I am working that day. I hate to do it, but am strongly considering calling in sick. :hide:

  12. West Coast Yankee Fan June 25th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I’m very encouraged by Hughes progress and look forward to having him back. I don’t think the rotation decision is a tough one, Garcia will I believe go to the pen as the long man and be ready to step in if someone get’s hurt.

  13. upstate kate June 25th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Bernie at OTD…does that mean he is officially retired? Or auditioning to return :)

    A good chance for CC to become the season’s 1st 10 game winner.

    Enjoy the game all and play nice…no fighting, no biting.

  14. RhapsodyInBlue June 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Garcia will go to the pen as the long man?

    After his last outing?

    What exactly has Hughes done in 2011 to put Garcia into the pen?

  15. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Tom, Bernie was always my favorite player. Also loved when he came back to NYS and played his bittersweet version of “Take me out to the ballgame.” Looking forward to seeing him at NYS tomorrow.

  16. BoJo June 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    ron June 25th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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  17. J. Alfred Prufrock June 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    YF, Hope Bernie gets to perform “Take Me Out”.

    I’ll be there :D

  18. BoJo June 25th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Tar June 25th, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    ___
    One word–

    Adrenaline

    (Now say it like McCoy did!)

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan June 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue June 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Garcia will go to the pen as the long man? After his last outing?
    What exactly has Hughes done in 2011 to put Garcia into the pen?

    ************

    It’s pretty obvious the Yankees are not stretching Hughes out in his rehab starts to put him in the pen. And they have pretty much said that. His spot in the rotation is a lock IMO.

    It comes down to Garcia, Colon and Nova for two spots. There is no way Colon gets pulled from the rotation IMO and Nova’s path has been all along to start. He pitched very well last time out and is developing at a good pace and I don’t think it would be smart to interrupt that. Garcia can be valuable as a long man and spot starter.

  20. BoJo June 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    The talk of Hughes versus Nova and who is a prospect etc is really secondary to the good news that Cashman’s plan to cultivate pitching depth is working. It doesn’t matter much in the big scheme if Hughes or Nova go to the pen for half a season and it slows their development….they are both just part of the corps of young arms meant to stop the need to rely on retreads. We will soon have SIX starters who are worthy of the rotation, as opposed to many clubs that have maybe 3.

    If putting a Hughes or Nova in the pen slows their growth, so what? Noesi, Betances, Banuelos, Warren, etc are all coming…and all the parts are interchangable.

  21. Tar June 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    “Tar, because you are throwing more pitches as a SP. As a late inning RP, you are usually throwing 1 inning; therefore you can air it out”

    Thanks guys

    I get the argument, but something about it just doesn’t sit right.

    As an example why can Verlander sometimes throw harder in the 8th than in the 2nd?

    It seems to me that pitching is not about “airing it out” but more about repeating mechanics.

    If his mechanics allow him to pitch 94 as a RP why can’t he do that as a starter- (at least until his arm gets tired).

  22. yankeefeminista June 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Tar, Answer: Verlander can sustain velocity because he is a freak of nature.

    As for losing velocity, I will leave it to the physicists, but it makes sense to me.

  23. Tar June 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Bojo

    It seems you gave me your answer before I asked. Good job :wink:

  24. BoJo June 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    BTW–low complaining output yesterday may have been reason for low scoring game…

    Waht’s with this line-up today?! Does Giardi want to lose!?!?!

  25. GreenBeret7 June 25th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    You’re most welcome, Yankeefem

  26. ron June 25th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    BoJoJune 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    ron June 25th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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  27. RhapsodyInBlue June 25th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Hughes will be inserted somewhere to give the rest of the rotation a blow, I doubt he replaces anyone, if anything he goes into the pen.


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