Monday, June 20, 2011
Struggling all year with his velocity, Hughes fired fastballs that consistently clocked in at 93 mph.
That was encouraging to the Yankee righthander, who has been out since April 15 due to a dead arm and inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
“Sometimes it’s tough when you haven’t thrown in a while. I was worried my command might be off a bit,” said Hughes, excited to see his fastball popping. “But I was pleased that I was throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count.”
In an appearance in Tampa on Tuesday, Hughes said he was throwing 91-93 mph. Sunday night, against the host Brooklyn Cyclones, he went as low as 89 but topped out at 95.
Encouraging news. I’d imagine we won’t see Hughes until after the All Star Break, but that’s not too far off.
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