Via Meredith Marakovits & Chad Jennings: Phil Hughes threw roughly 40 pitches in a simulated game this morning. Afterwards, the right-hander said his arm strength was fine and his back feels healthy. He expects the next step to be a minor league game later this week. The Yankees won’t need a fifth starter until the seventh game of the season, so there is still enough time for Hughes to get ready for the start of the year. Just not that much. It’ll be close.