Via the Associated Press:
Yankees pitcher Carlos Silva is scheduled to throw batting practice for the first time since signing this month.
Silva threw 45 pitches Thursday in his third bullpen session at the Yankees’ spring training complex and will throw batting practice Saturday..
…Kevin Millwood is scheduled to make his second minor league start Friday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander allowed one hit over seven shutout innings last Sunday for Double-A Trenton…
…Phil Hughes will throw a second bullpen session since going on the DL with a dead arm.
Of the three pitchers Millwood is the closest to seeing major league hitters and Silva is probably the farthest way leaving Hughes somewhere in the middle.
Millwood will start in Triple-A today and depending on how things go the Yankees will likely have him make one more minor league start before deciding whether or not they will put him on the major league roster. His results in his last start at the Double-A level were encouraging, but his velocity was down in the 85 mph range compared to around 90 mph last season.
Hughes was put on the DL with a “deadarm” and will likely throw a few more bullpen sessions before getting a rehab start or two. At that point if his arm strength is back to normal, he’ll get his old rotation spot back.
Silva is certainly the farthest away at this point, but as far as we know his contract doesn’t have an opt-out clause, or at least one looming anytime soon. So the Yankees will go slow with him. By the time they work Millwood and Hughes into the rotation Silva should just about be ready for some minor league games. That will probably happen at least two weeks from now.
Help is on it’s way, even if it’s not the help everyone is looking forward to.