NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Injured Yankees starter Phil Hughes had setback Monday in his rehabilitation from a “dead arm,” cutting short a bullpen session after only about a dozen pitches.
Hughes went on the disabled list April 15 because of a significant drop in his velocity this season. The team was impressed with Hughes’ progress and was planning to have him make a rehab start later this week, but he was not even able to complete an “inning” of 15 pitches.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will Americans Get Another Relief Payment?
“It’s just the same as before,” Hughes said. “It’s like nothing’s coming out … just a lot of deadness, nothing really there after the first 10 (pitches) or so, so I’m just going to take a couple days, rest it and reevaluate it from there.”
The right-hander saw team doctor Christopher Ahmad on Monday night and manager Joe Girardi said after the 2-0 loss to the White Sox that Hughes will have tests Tuesday.
“When you’re not able to bounce back from your normal routine, that’s a concern,” Girardi said. “When something like this happens, it is a concern.”
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The Yankees had high expectations for Hughes after he went 18-8 last year. But he was 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA after three starts and had trouble reaching 90 mph with his fastball. Hughes has acknowledged that throwing a career-high 176 1-3 innings last year could be affecting him.
“I was really hoping that it would bounce back great, and I’d be able to get out and go pitch in a game,” said Hughes. “So for it to feel the same way, it’s discouraging.”
“(I haven’t seen a dead arm) to this extent and this length of time,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “It’s kind of new territory for everybody.”
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