After watching Phil Hughes throw a side session on Sunday, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said there is “a clear difference” in Hughes’ velocity.
“There was a clear difference with the way the ball was getting to the plate,” Rothschild said. “Now it’s just a matter of going through kind of a spring training type thing to get ready. We’re not going to rush it but when he’s ready he’s ready.”
It’s not like he would ever say anything bad in this situation, but it is positive to hear that Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild sees such a difference in him. It was disappointing to hear that Hughes couldn’t break 93 mph just five days after he was reaching 95, but this could mean that it is just early season rust from a guy who hasn’t pitched since the beginning of April.
Hughes is going to start at least two, maybe three more games depending on the Yankees needs in the Bronx. Hopefully he’ll have his endurance and his velocity back by then. His next start is Wedesnday at Double-A Trenton. It’ll be interesting to see if he can hit 95 mph again.