Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes took a giant step toward the Bronx today. In a rehab start with Double-A Trenton Hughes went 6.1 innings, allowed one run, and reached 94 mph with his fastball.
What makes his start even more impressive is that he threw 48 fastballs at least 91 mph and generated 20 swing and misses, something he had not been close to doing back in April.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was on hand for the start and said afterward that it is possible that Hughes is done with his rehab, but it sounds more likely that he will make one more rehab start at Triple-A on Monday. He threw just 88 pitches on Wednesday, making it more likely that he will make one more rehab start to get him over the 100-pitch mark.
This is exactly what he needed after a sub-par start in Trenton last week where he failed to get above 93 mph and couldn’t even escape the fourth inning. It’s too early to declare that Hughes is back to 100 percent, but this is encouraging.