The plan to fix Phil Hughes begins Sunday

Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes had yesterday and today off, and will begin what pitching coach Larry Rothschild called a “pretty strenuous” long-toss program on Sunday, hoping to build up the hurler’s velocity.

“We’re going to try to tire it out a little bit, tire it out and rest it,” Rothschild said. “We’ll go that way and see what we get.”

Hughes was placed on the disabled list this week with what the Yankees officially called right shoulder inflammation, but informally are referring to as a dead arm. He had been throwing his fastball between 88 and 90 mph, which is a noticeable drop from the 94 and 95 mph radar gun readings he was displaying in 2010.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 4/17/2011
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Rochester (Twins) @ SCRANTON/WB1:05 PM
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Harrisburg (Nationals) @ TRENTON 1:05 PM
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Harrisburg (Nationals) @ TRENTON GAME 2
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TAMPA @ Brevard County (Brewers) 5:05 PM
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Rome (Braves) @ CHARLESTON 5:05 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 4/16/2011
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Rochester (Twins) @ SCRANTON/WB – POSTPONED
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Harrisburg (Nationals) @ TRENTON – POSTPONED
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TAMPA 7 @ Dunedin (Blue Jays) 9
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Rome (Braves) 3 @ CHARLESTON 6

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It may take a lot longer than we want. I hope Bartolo can stay strong. I’ve never seen him pitch with so much movement!

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Hope they fix this guy’s problem and soon.

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It was obvious to everyone something was wrong with him. I think he’s going to need surgery.

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