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Yanks encouraged by Phil Hughes

Updated: April 24, 2011, 10:52 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- With his "dead arm" feeling more alive, New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes is one more successful bullpen away from making a minor league start, according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

From all accounts, Hughes' bullpen session went well Saturday. It was good enough that Hughes thinks he will be on a mound Thursday.

"The plan is right now I will start a minor league game in five days," Hughes said.

Rothschild was encouraged, but he would not go that ...

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