Yankees Right-Handed Starter Phil Hughes Shut Down With ‘Dead’ Arm Setback

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes had a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury, saying his arm felt “dead” after a throwing session.

Hughes, who won 18 games for the Yankees last season, has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 15 with inflammation in his right shoulder. He’ll be re-evaluated and won’t continue to throw, the Yankees said.

“Every step we had taken had been positive up to this point,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before last night’s 2- 0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. “This is a setback.”

Hughes, who has lost an average of 4 mph of velocity on his fastball this season, threw a bullpen session on April 23 in Baltimore. He threw again yesterday in New York and stopped after about 10 to 12 pitches.

“It’s just the same as before,” Hughes said, according to the Yankees’ website. “It’s just dead.”

Hughes, 24, had a 13.94 earned run average in his three Major League Baseball starts this season before going on the disabled list, allowing 16 runs and 19 hits in 10 1/3 innings.

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