More velocity from Hughes?

April, 18, 2011
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Pitching coach Larry Rothschild observed Phil Hughes on Sunday during the righty's first long-toss session since going to the disabled list. Rothschild reported that Hughes "had some life" on the ball, manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 6-5 win over Texas.

The Yankees placed Hughes on the disabled list on Friday with a condition Girardi referred to as "dead arm."

Hughes had lacked velocity on his fastball since spring training. He struggled in his first three starts, in which his fastball -- normally clocked consistently in the low 90s -- was coming in in the high 80s.

Hughes will likely throw a long-toss session Monday and will continue them after a day of rest in Toronto. The Yankees play a two-game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Larry said it went well. He said he thought [Hughes] had some life on the ball when he was long tossing," Girardi said Sunday. "He'll go with us to Toronto and you'll see him long-tossing as well. Conditions might be a little more favorable inside but Larry thought it went well today."

Bartolo Colon will start Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays in place of Hughes.

For more on Hughes' trip to the DL, click here. For more on what Rothschild is looking to see in the long-toss sessions, click here.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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