April 10, 2010

Hughes prepped for 2010 debut

Instead of pitching out of the Yankee bullpen or for Triple-A Scranton, Phil Hughes has been preparing for his first start of the season in Tampa.

Hughes threw 84 pitches over six innings in an intrasquad game today, allowing one run and six hits while striking out six. He struck out 12 in a simulated game five days ago, in which he threw 100 pitches over 8 1-3 innings.

Hughes was in Boston for Tuesday’s game, but probably only available in an emergency situation.

Hughes will make his first start on Thursday against the Angels, the last of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium.

I have no problems with the way the Yankees have handled Hughes. I’m just anxious to see his changeup!

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