Phil Hughes' Rehab Hits Snag

There's Phil Hughes news, and it's not good. From Chad Jennings in the LoHud Yankees Blog:

Phil Hughes' bullpen did not go well this afternoon. He'll now see a doctor to make sure there's nothing physically wrong.

"Not good," Joe Girardi said. "It just didn't bounce back like we thought it would."

Hughes had to cut the session short. He said it felt the same as his first fee starts when there just wasn't much behind his pitches. Like "there was nothing there" according to Girardi.

Hughes isn't having any pain. So he's got that going for him, anyway.

But this news obviously delays any rehab start against real hitters, and Hughes won't know if he's right until he pitches against live hitters. This is rank speculation, obviously, but it's hard to imagine him starting again for the Yankees before June. At best. Considering that nobody seems to know what's wrong.

Which means the pitching rotation of the New York Yankees will, for the foreseeable future, feature Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. And things are looking better for the Rays and the Red Sox every day.

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