Phil Hughes may miss start of season

02/27/2013 5:15 PM ET
By staff

New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, on the mend from a bulging disc in his back, told reporters on Wednesday that he's pain free and will continue doing workouts for at least the next couple of days. Although there's no timetable yet on when he can resume throwing, Hughes said his back feels fine and just waiting for the doctors' permission to move forward.

"Every day is a day lost," Hughes said.

However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi acknowledged that Hughes may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The right-hander would have to be stretched out to approximately 75 pitches during the spring.

"It's possible," Girardi said. "I think it's too early to tell that, though." comments