Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York notes that the Yankees weren’t pleased with Phil Hughes conditioning last year and are heartened that he appears to be taking steps to correct that heading into 2012:
Phil Hughes didn’t show up to spring training grossly overweight last February, but he’d packed on enough pounds to end up in what the New York Yankees call “fat camp.” It is for players who need to up their conditioning a bit to ready themselves for the season. With 2012 spring training now less than 100 days away, Hughes is reverting to the workout program that preceded his All-Star 2010 season, which makes Yankees GM Brian Cashman think an uptick in Hughes’ performance will follow.
So I presume that we’ll see some “Phil Hughes is in the best shape of his life stories this spring. Which is fine. Of course if people think that conditioning, as opposed to other physical problems, was his biggest issue in the first half of the season, well, whatever.