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Phil Hughes eyes Thursday to test his arm


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Yankees hurler Phil Hughes may start testing his throwing arm as early as tomorrow, starting off on flat ground, according to published reports.

“It’s tough, I didn’t want to have to go through this,” Hughes told ESPN. “But something wasn’t right and we had to figure what it was.”

The 24-year-old has been on the disabled list since April 15 with what the Yankees called a “dead arm” because his fastball failed to exceed 91 mph. The righty typically throws between 92 and 94 mph. His three starts this season have yielded a 0-1 record with a 13.94 ERA.

He has undergone tests, which failed to detect any serious problems, and even went to see a specialist in St. Louis earlier this month, who ruled out a potentially career-ending thoracic outlet syndrome.

Hughes was given a cortisone shot on April 28 to relieve the muscle inflammation around his shoulder. He may not be back on the mound for another six to eight weeks.

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