Hughes to face hitters Tuesday in Tampa

Hughes to face hitters Tuesday in Tampa

NEW YORK -- Phil Hughes will get a chance to pass an early hurdle of the rehab process on Tuesday, taking the mound in Tampa, Fla., for about 45 pitches in an extended spring training game.

Hughes is set to face a selection of organizational prospects at the club's Himes Avenue Minor League complex, the first time he'll face hitters in game situations since April.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that his concern will be how Hughes' arm bounces back between innings, and if there is consistency with his velocity.

If all goes well, Girardi said that the Yankees could see a Hughes return as "very realistic sometime in July."

"An exact date, we can't tell you, because we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow or two starts from now," Girardi said.