Matt Fortuna of MLB.com passes along notice that Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and will make his first appearance Tuesday with the Yankees’ affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
Hughes threw 30 pitches Thursday in a simulated game down in Tampa, Florida and was able to touch 92 MPH with his fastball. He reported no problems with his once-fatigued right arm after the workout.
Hughes has been sidelined since the third week of the regular season with a “dead arm” and was moved to the 60-day disabled list in late May. He had allowed 19 hits and 16 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.
If all goes well, the 24-year-old should be cleared to rejoin the Yankees’ starting rotation in early July.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cubs. Cole instead has flown to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Cole struggled in Wednesday’s start against the Astros, yielding five runs in five innings. He did not throw his regular between-starts bullpen. An MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage, but a bone spur remains a possibility.
Cole, 25, has a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over 20 starts this season. The right-hander missed some time earlier this season with a triceps injury.