- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes threw a 30-pitch simulated game on Thursday afternoon in Tampa, and is slated to make his first minor league rehab start for the Gulf Coast Yankees on Tuesday.
"His velocity was 90-92. A lot of 92s they said. They said he looked good," manager Joe Girardi said. "And he'll make a start, I guess it would be next Tuesday, for the Gulf Coast. Monday's Opening Day and they were concerned that he might be nervous for Opening Day, so they're going to go Tuesday."
Hughes, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with right shoulder inflammation after the velocity on his fastball mysteriously decreased, threw to live hitters Saturday in Anaheim for the first time since April 14.
The 24-year-old owns an 0-1 record with a 13.94 ERA in three starts this season. In 10 1/3 innings, he's allowed 16 earned runs on 19 hits.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPN NewYork.com. Ian Begley contributed to this report.
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