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Phil Hughes, Derek Jeter and Bartolo Colon
It's a beautiful night here at the Stadium. Looking forward to seeing the Brewers play, particularly Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, since they're not a club I see frequently in person.
Plenty of injury updates from the Yankees, all of them seemingly positive:
--Phil Hughes recorded a very good outing for Double-A Trenton, and Brian Cashman - up here in the Bronx, after driving back from the game - said it was possible that Hughes' next start would be in the major leagues.
But I'll bet a few bucks, only a few, that Hughes makes one more minor-league start. Cashman said that giving Hughes one more rehabilitation start would allow him to work on his pitch count. Hughes threw 88 pitches, which Cashman said translated into about 70 at the major-league level. And after Hughes' previous outing - a shaky one for Trenton, at New Britain - Cashman said he thought Hughes would need two more starts.
"We're just making this up as we go along," Cashman said, laughing, as he swiped a line from "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
--Cashman said that Derek Jeter could appear in a minor-league game as soon as Saturday, which puts him out of commission for the Subway Series at Citi Field but makes him a possibility for all or part of the Yankees' series at Cleveland, next Monday through Wednesday.
If he played, say, the last two games of the Cleveland series, then he could set himself up to pick up hit number 3,000 when the Yankees return home July 7 against Tampa Bay.
--Barring a dramatic setback in these next few days, Bartolo Colon will return from the disabled list Saturday and start against the Mets at Citi Field.
--Eric Chavez could return from the DL on July 5, and the best-case scenario for Rafael Soriano calls for a return on July 14 in Toronto, right after the All-Star break.
--Have a great night.