By Matt Snyder
Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes is presently on the disabled list with a "dead arm" as he and the club try to figure out why he's lost five to eight miles per hour off his fastball since last year at this time. Saturday, he threw an extended bullpen and is slated to start a minor-league game Thursday. (Mark Feinsand via Twitter) Pitching coach Larry Rothschild reportedly informed Hughes he should expect to go five innings in the rehab appearance. (Erik Boland via Twitter)
Hughes, 24, started last season 10-1 with a 3.17 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings. From that point forward, however, Hughes went 8-7 with a 5.07 ERA and just 68 strikeouts in 94 innings. His loss of velocity on the fastball caused all his other pitches to be less effective and he hasn't been able to regain the zip. In fact, he's gotten worse. This season, Hughes has a 13.94 ERA and 2.23 WHIP with just three strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. He's allowed 19 hits, including four home runs.
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