Phil Hughes faced live batters for the first time since hitting the disabled list today, throwing a round of live batting practice with the team in Anaheim. He went through his usual warm-up routine then threw 22 pitches to batters, essentially simulating one inning of work. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Hughes did a good job of maintaining his arm speed and he’s pleased with the outing. Assuming he feels good over the next few days, the next step for Phil will be a trip to Extended Spring Training to get stretched out in advance of a minor league rehab assignment. Good news, but he’s still a long ways away.
Here’s an open thread to keep you occupied before tonight’s game. The Mets are playing the Braves (Jurrjens vs. Gee), and you’ve also got Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals (8pm ET on NBC). Talk about whatever, go nuts.