Phil Hughes had the walking boot removed from his left foot yesterday and expects to start throwing within a week in Tampa. Hughes has been out since May 2 with a hamstring injury. He then suffered a severe ankle sprain doing agility drills later in the month.
It’s impossible to even speculate as to a timetable at this point (though I’m sure Pete Abraham will). I think it’s safe to say, though, that anticipating a return before August is being aggressive. We sure could use him, though.