Hughes throws live batting practice

Phil Hughes threw 26 pitches of live batting practice this morning on the main diamond at George M. Steinbrenner Field, saying that he felt good and it was exciting to finally be facing real hitters.

“I was a hair off with my command, but I sort of anticipated that, having not been in a somewhat adrenaline-filled pitching scenario,” Hughes said. “Other than that, I felt great. I felt like the ball was coming out pretty good, so that’s a first step.”

He reported no issues from the bulging disk that sidelined him earlier in camp. Hughes’ next outing will come in a simulated game on Monday and he believes there is still time to be ready for the Opening Day roster.

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