Report: Hughes to return in 6-8 weeks

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes is feeling better following a late

April cortisone shot, and the team said Wednesday it expects him

back in six to eight weeks.

Hughes saw a specialist Monday to rule out a rare condition

called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which would have required

season-ending surgery.

“We’re pleased that he doesn’t have the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

… but you don’t want to lose any pitcher for six to eight

weeks,” manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees now believe the issue may be inflammation in his

shoulder.

Regardless, they are optimistic they will have a full-strength

Hughes back this season.

The 24-year-old went on the 15-day disabled list April 15 after

he struggled through his first three starts with reduced

velocity.

Hughes has said he does not feel pain, but it feels like his

pitches have nothing on them. He has likened it to the feeling you

get in your leg if it gets hit hard and goes numb.