Hughes could face hitters this week

Fan Confidence Poll: May 30th, 2011
Series Preview: Oakland Athletics

Phil Hughes threw a 30-pitch bullpen session before yesterday’s game against the Mariners, starting off with 20 fastballs before incorporating a handful of curveballs and changeups. Everything went well and Hughes felt fine, no pain or anything. He will take today and tomorrow off before throwing another bullpen on Wednesday, and if all goes well there’s a chance that he could throw live batting practice before the end of the week. That would be pretty amazing, but the real test won’t come until he makes a minor league rehab start.

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Fan Confidence Poll: May 30th, 2011
Series Preview: Oakland Athletics
  • the tenth inning stretch

    Any reports on his velocity? Although I’d imagine he wasn’t throwing at full strength.

  • Steve

    Anybody else think we will see Hughes in the pen when he returns?

    • zs190

      No, I don’t think so. If he still has a dead arm, throwing in the bullpen would not be effective either. If his arm is fine, he absolutely should be in the rotation. So I don’t think bullpen makes any sense.

    • Alex C.

      NOOO

  • NJ_Andy

    Velocity reports are being deliberately avoided until live game scenarios, don’t want to ruin his confidence and Hughes has talked about needed the adrenaline for a proper test. I suppose we can take a cautiously optimistic view if the Yanks are willing to let him face live batters.

    Also, I’d think he stays as a starter. Either Nova gets sent down or Garcia shifts to long relief. They’ve seen enough hopping around with Joba. Doubt we seeit again.

  • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

    I’m not holding my breath until we get some velocity numbers. Even if he’s not throwing 93-95, I just hope his arm feels fine and he can get some amount of innings on his arm and doesnt retard his development any more than it has already.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Hughes to Montero at Scranton. Unfortunately for Phil, he needs 93-95 on his fb to be effective. His other stuff cannot compensate. Keeping fingers crossed for him.

    • JohnnyC

      He needs 93-95 to be effective? Guess what, so does Josh Beckett.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack D

        So? Only one of the two is actually throwing 93-95

        • AndrewYF

          Beckett’s average fastball velocity this year: 92.7

  • IB6 UB9

    Nova becomes a Ramiro Mendoza-type reliever once/if Hughes comes back. Nova needs experience putting away major league hitters and Colon and Garcia have earned their spots.

    • smurfy

      That would not be a bad learning experience for Nova, but I feel better with Garcia as medium and long man, and Nova honing his psyche in the consistent routine.

  • mike_h

    Nova to the pen, Pendleton back to AAA, Hughes taking Nova’s spot

    • Charles

      Tbh I’d actually rather that be reversed, Pendleton has looked fairly good this year in limited appearances, why not pull a Luis Ayala and see if he can hack it in pressure situations?

  • Pham

    Last time Hughes was slumping, many said Yankee pitching coaches had changed his arm angle (and “straightened out” his pitches). If so, could he be suffering a prolonged “dead arm” because of the slightly different use of his musculature (whether it be because he has reverted to old form or kept new delivery)?