Phil Hughes had a 10-minute throwing session Tuesday with Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, throwing from 100-110 feet.
Hughes, who has been on the disabled list with a dead arm since April 15, said he felt fine and will throw again Wednesday and have Thursday off. He will travel with the Yankees to Seattle, where they begin a three-game series Friday.
The right-hander said Tuesday’s session was more intense than others, but he still does not have a timetable for throwing off a mound.
“I don’t know what it is,” Hughes said of the throwing program. “I could walk in [Wednesday] and they say, ‘You’re getting on the mound.’ I just don’t know, so [I’m] trying not to get caught up in the scheduling of everything.”
The fact that Hughes has no idea of when he might return or even what he’s doing next leads me to believe that the Yankees think that it may be a while before he is ready to return.
At this point the best case scenario seems like he is probably about a month away from returning as he pretty much needs to do spring training all over again still. He still needs to even get to a mound, have a few throwing sessions, and then make a handful of minor league starts to get ready for real major league action.
I’m not ruling out that he may not return until the All-Star game. That’s a pretty long time to miss for a guy who only has a dead-arm.