Rothschild: There is a Clear Difference in Phil Hughes

Via Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

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.

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2 Responses to Rothschild: There is a Clear Difference in Phil Hughes

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    I find it unusual that such a young pitcher has this conditioning problem. My question is, when he does return should it be in the pen, where he was lights out in 2009, or the rotation?

  2. yankeepride says:

    it's been decided…last I heard he's going into the rotation…he needs to work out this problem as a starter…we need him for the post-season…