NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes is scheduled to make a Minor League rehab start for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Saturday against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Hughes pitched seven innings in an extended spring training start on Monday in Tampa, Fla., and he said that his condition continues to improve after a bulging disk in his upper back derailed his spring in February.
Hughes would be eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, but the Minor League assignment in Moosic, Pa., lines him up instead to pitch on April 11 against the Indians in Cleveland. It is likely that Hughes' return would bump right-hander David Phelps to the bullpen.
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