|Hughes hit by 1-hopper, appears to be unhurt|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 18 March 2013 10:36|
Hughes was struck Monday in his first simulated game since he was sidelined last month by a bulging disk in his upper back. He is expected to pitch in a minor league exhibition game Friday or Saturday.
Injured Feb. 18 during a defensive drill, Hughes went 16-13 with 4.23 ERA in 32 starts for the Yankees last season. The team has not ruled out the right-hander missing his first turn during the regular season.
Left-handed starter Andy Pettitte and closer Mariano Rivera pitched in minor league games Monday, which was an off day for the Yankees.