Phil Hughes to make two more rehab starts

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Joe Girardi confirmed yesterday that Phil Hughes will make two more rehab starts, probably one at Double-A Trenton and one at Triple-A Scranton, after which — assuming everything goes well — he could be back with the Yankees before the All-Star break.

As we mentioned over the weekend, Hughes struck out seven batters and hit 95 mph with his fastball in his rehab start for Single-A Staten Island.  With Bartolo Colon out, the return of an effective Phil Hughes is pretty darn important, so the Yankees will be hoping that velocity stays up.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.