Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Phil Hughes May Not Be Ready For Start Of Season

Joe Girardi acknowledged that Yankees starter Phil Hughes may not be ready to start the regular season after a back injury covering first base in Spring Training. When we first heard about this we were all told how minor this seemed and how the fact that it was in his upper back and not his lower back was a good sign and now we get this news. Phil Hughes has been working out in a pool and will continue to do so until the doctors give him the green light to start throwing the baseball again. Hughes needs to be stretched out to roughly 75 pitches before he could be deemed "ready" to start the regular season and that is projected to take him about four spring starts. Joe Girardi does not expect Hughes to start a game for at least a couple more weeks so time is definitely ticking away. The Yankees have the luxury to give Hughes the time he needs with both Ivan Nova and David Phelps currently healthy and ready to start but you never like to start the season without one of your guys.

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