“It’s possible,” Girardi said yesterday on the team’s website. “It’s too early to tell.”
Hughes must make four spring training starts to work up to 75-80 pitches a game after he is cleared to return to practice, Girardi said.
The 26-year-old right-hander has been working out with aquatic exercises and an underwater treadmill at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa, Florida.
“Every day is worse in that I’m not throwing, but it’s a double-edged sword,” Hughes said. “I don’t want to push this thing and have it become a recurring issue. I want to make sure that it’s over and done with. At the same time, every day is a day lost, so I’m kind of in that in-between zone.”
Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 earned run average in 32 starts last season for the Yankees.
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