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Hughes: Step in right direction

Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees

Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees looks on before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. (June 25, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Phil Hughes said he expects to make his next rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Trenton.

The righthander said Friday's start for Trenton -- in which he allowed one run, three hits and two walks in 31/3 innings -- wasn't as good as his previous outing for Class A Staten Island.

"But it was a step in the right direction," said Hughes, who turned 25 Friday. "My velocity from what I gathered was pretty good, certainly a lot better than it was here [during his starts for the Yankees]. So that's good."

Hughes, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with shoulder inflammation, said he has no return date in mind. But as long as he can throw strikes and keep his pitch count and velocity up, "that's all I can ask for."

Joe Girardi said he talked to Brian Cashman Saturday about Hughes' less-than-stellar outing. "He wasn't as sharp as his last start," Girardi said. "He threw a lot of pitches in 31/3 innings. He was not hit hard but he just wasn't as sharp."

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