After sim game, Hughes nears rehab start

After sim game, Hughes nears rehab start

After sim game, Hughes nears rehab start
NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes threw 30 pitches during two innings of a simulated game in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, reaching 90-92 mph on the radar gun, manager Joe Girardi said.

Hughes will make a rehab start on Tuesday for the Gulf Coast Yankees.

"Monday's Opening Day, and they were concerned that he might be nervous for Opening Day," Girardi quipped.

Hughes has been on the disabled list with a dead arm since April 15. The 24-year-old right-hander threw 22 pitches of batting practice on Saturday in Anaheim for the first time since his last start, a no-decision in the Yankees' 6-5 win against the Orioles on April 14.