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From Chad Jennings:

OAKLAND, CALIF. — Phil Hughes is almost ready to face hitters, but he’s still more than a month away from rejoining the Yankees’ rotation. Manager Joe Girardi said the All-Star break is a reasonable target for the Yankees’ injured starter.

“It’s probably, realistically, some time in July,” Girardi said.

Working his way back from shoulder inflammation, Hughes will throw another bullpen Wednesday and could face hitters by the weekend, but Girardi said the process will be similar to spring training. Hughes still has to build arm strength, go on a rehab assignment and make multiple starts before he’ll be ready to return to the big leagues.

“Do you need six starts (like in spring training)?” Girardi said. “I don’t know, but you’re going to need at least, I would say, four or five. At least. So when you’re coming into a game, and you’re coming to helps us, you’re not going three innings and then we got to go to somebody else.

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Phil will throw a bullpen session today, and proceed to pitch batting practice in Anaheim if everything goes well. With no concrete date of his return set in stone, it’s just a matter of taking it slow and bringing him back at full strength. Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have both done a fine job holding their own in the rotation while he’s been out, so there’s no need to rush him.

Hughes is 0-1 with a 13.94ERA over 10.1 innings this season (last pitched on April 14th).

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So, Berkman’s hardest hit of the season took down A-Rod…

From ESPN New York: (Wallace Matthews & Ian Begley):

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was scratched from the lineup about 90 minutes before the start of Saturday’s Yankees-Red sox game after suffering “a contusion of the lower left leg” after he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Lance Berkman during batting practice.

Berkman, who was batting right-handed, ripped a one-hopper down the third-base line that apparently caught Rodriguez on the left shin as he was taking grounders. “Look out!” Berkman shouted as the ball left his bat.

In obvious pain, Rodriguez hobbled around on the infield grass for a few seconds before staggering into short center field, where he rolled around on the grass before turning face down. Some of Rodriguez’ teammates, including Derek Jeter, thought at first that he was joking and yelled some light-hearted insults. Then, when it was obvious the injury was serious, Jeter shouted in the dugout for trainer Gene Monahan, who hurried out to where Rodriguez lay.

According to Bryan Hoch, Alex Rodriguez suffered a left leg contusion. X-Rays are being taken.

We’ll have more information as it comes available.

Update 4:23PM ET: A-Rod’s x-rays came up negative. He remains day-to-day.

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