After 49-pitch sim game, Hughes to make Sunday rehab start

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Via Sweeny Murti and Dawn Klemish, Phil Hughes threw 49 pitches (36 strikes) across 3.2 IP in a simulated game in Tampa today. He struck out six and reportedly hit 91-93 mph consistently, saying afterward that he felt “a lot better.” The next step is a 65-pitch rehab start with Short Season Staten Island on Sunday, officially starting his 30-day rehab clock. That game will be played at gorgeous MCU Park in Coney Island (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones), so it’s a great chance for those of you in the area to catch Hughes on the cheap. Check for tickets right here.

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  • jsbrendog

    hmmm, i might have to go out to coney island sunday….

  • Cy Pettitte


    if he can come back right after the ASB that would be awesome

  • vin

    I’m trying to temper my expectations, but adding an effective Hughes would be a big lift for the rotation – especially if Bartolo comes back as effective as he has been.

    Sweaty Freddy

    Nova and Noesi to the pen.

    I can live with that.

    • Adam B

      That rotation can get us to the playoffs, but I still think we need another guy once we get there.

      • Kiersten

        If AJ keeps pitching like he’s been (as in, generally not imploding), I think that rotation would be fine. It’s a lot of “ifs” though.

        • radnom

          Also, Hughes has to come back strong. I’m not taking that as a given at this point, there is still so much uncertainty with him for this year.

          So if everything breaks perfectly, including Colon being healthy, that rotation would be fine. But I think thats an unrealistic expectation. Gotta plan for at least normal luck.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        We won’t need Freddy or any other 5th starter in the playoffs and if CC, AJ, Colon, and Hughes pitch their best, that’s fine for the playoffs. Assuming AJ doesn’t turn into 2010 AJ, Colon stays healthy, and Hughes able to get batters out with 2 strikes. All of those are very much possible.

  • Andrew

    Hopefully his arm responds well and he keeps maintaining that type of velocity over his rehab starts. It would be amazing to get him back for July-October, and hopefully we get to see pre-ASB 2010 Hughes for most of that stretch.

  • Robert

    91-93 MPH sounds good to me. Let’s hope he can sustain it.

  • CBean

    It would be wrong to ditch dad for this.
    It would be wrong to ditch dad for this.
    It would be wrong to ditch dad for this.

    /tells self

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      He’s a grown man, let him fend for himself.

      • radnom

        Better yet, take him to the game?

        • CBean

          Immigrant parents who didn’t grow up with baseball and have zero interest. I had no one to inherit my love of the Yankees from, but am trying to do better for our future generations.

          • David

            Bless you child, you’re doing the right thing

    • MikeD

      Take Dad to this.

      Take Dad to this.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals


  • Accent Shallow

    This is good news, but I don’t expect anything from Hughes this year.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    If I didn’t already know about them, I’d have assumed “Sweeny Murti” and “Dawn Klemish” were fake names you just made up.

  • Frank

    This is excellent news! I hope Phil is over his shoulder inflammation thing. If he is rehabbing in his first start and hitting 91-93, I think we can expect him to be his usual 92-95 very soon!

    Good luck Phil!


    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      If he is rehabbing in his first start and hitting 91-93, I think we can expect him to be his usual 92-95 very soon!

      No, 91-93 is his usual. 92-95 was only his typical velocity range while he was a short reliever in the bullpen.

      Phil the starter sits 91-93 and touches 95. Effectively, btw. There’s no real need for Phil to add any more velocity than what he’s currently at, provided that number is accurate and he can sustain it (and reach back for a bit more on occasion).

      • Frank

        I mean, last season he was 92-94 the entire year, and hitting 95 5-10 times a night. just saying.

  • zs190

    Can find some Hughes quotes about the outing on MLB from an article by Dawn Klemish. Supposedly if the Sunday outing goes well, he’ll go to 80 pitches next rehab start then possibly no pitch count limits the next one.

    So roughly 3-4 more rehab starts for Phil, could see Phil be back in early July if all goes well, likely right after ASB though.

  • EJ

    So if he is usually 91-93, what was he doing earlier? 90-92?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      According to the velocity charts, he was at 86-91.

    • Mike Axisa

      Earlier this year? HE was like, 86-88 with 90 every once in a while.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        It got ugly. Like, Boston ugly.

      • zs190

        When Sweeny says 91-93, that has to refer to 2/4 seam fastball and not include cutters, no? How do you get to 86-88 when he averaged 89.3 mph on the fastball this year on 54.2% of his fastballs?

        He’s about 3 mph off his average on every pitch classification earlier in the year.

        • zs190

          that should have said averaged 89.3 mph on the fastball on this year on 54.2 of his *pitches*

        • Phil’s Curve Ball

          Please ditch the cutter and focus on me again.

    • zs190

      earlier in the season he was 88-90, occasionally reaching 92.

      • Frank

        I think I saw him hit 92 once this season. maybe. everything he threw was just flat….

        • S

          he did hit 92….just once and that was it…that number hadn’t shown again until now

  • nathan

    He felt ” a lot better “, not exactly the ” felt great and ready to go ”

    Hope he is not hiding anything, given the wacky injury only he knows whatsup.

  • Matt :: Sec110

    What exactly was his injury or ailment again?

    Like, what does this mean going forward next year?

    • Ed

      There wasn’t any structural damage, just some inflammation. Not even enough to cause concern the first time they looked at it. Rest and a cortisone shot seems to have done the trick.

      I doubt they’re even thinking about next year right now. It’s a little too “mystery injury” for them to make long term plans. Right now they’re just easing him back into game action and hoping he holds up. Just take it as it comes for now.

      • Ted Nelson

        The long-term concern comes into play in that a similar thing happened the season after he last had a real work load. Two times he’s had something resembling an MLB starters’ work load. Both times he had problems to start the next season. Basically… this can only happen so many more times before Phil Hughes is officially a reliever. Not saying it will or should necessarily happen now, just that that’s a real concern.

        I’m not trying to say anything definitive here, just that it’s a concern long-term. I agree that they’ll probably evaluate things as they come. But fans will flip their shits if things don’t come the way they want them to… which will be both funny to watch and frustrating.

        • CP

          When was the last time that he had a full season workload?

          Before last season his highest IP was 146IP in 2006.

        • Ed

          I realize there could be long term workload concerns. But you can’t think about that now. the team hunted for injuries, found nothing serious, and guessed at a cure. I don’t think anyone is convinced that he’s fully healthy right now.

          His last high workload was in AA. The following year he came up to the majors and hurt his leg, then hurt it again while rehabbing. It was two freak incidents unrelated to his arm. I’d be very surprised if that factored into their long term thinking.

        • S


  • Preston

    This is the first time in the whole process that I’ve felt good about Hughes actually pitching effectively again this year. The velocity sounds good, but it isn’t just about velocity it’s the movement so the 6 strikeouts are what get me excited.

    • nathan

      I am not 100% sure, but isnt a simulated game one in which the umps make arb calls whether it would have been a hit or KO or GO

      • Preston

        Oh well less excited then, I just assumed he was facing guys in extended Spring training at Tampa…

        • nathan

          I am not 100% sure though. Nevertheless a healthy HUghes is all we ask for.

      • J.R.

        Balls and strikes are always standard in a sim’d game. But he could be throwing to a batter and the pitching coach would tell him that there is a man on 2nd and 1 out.

        • nathan

          Oh cool, good to know. Thx

      • CP

        It sounds like this was an intra-squad game among the Yankees players in extended spring training. So guys like Cito Culver.

  • B-Rando

    one step at a time.
    another positive step today. l
    ets hope he keeps it up.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      bad yankee haiku
      five seven five is the rule
      get well soon phil hughes

      • Ana A.

        I laughed.

  • AC

    If Hughes comes back strong move Nova to pen 7th inning role. We can all admit he’s pretty strong 1st time thru the order. He may turn out to be an answer in the pen

  • CMP
  • Ivan

    Thats great news to here about Hughes. Im still cautious about my optimism, but you have to be encourage to hear this news especially considering with all the injuries that the yankees have been hit with for the last couple weeks. A healthy and effective Phil Hughes can take this yankee rotation a long ways.

  • steven

    ahhh one of the few good things about living in staten island (all though the game is in brroklyn)

  • IRF

    Sorry Dad, Hughes is calling.

  • Bpdelia

    Whew thats encouraging. I was honestly l expecting a release that said “hughes made a sim start and felt fine” which would have been code for “oh shit he was 87 mph all day”

    No way to look at it other than good news.