Yankees’ Hughes to Rehab with Thunder Friday

(New Britain, CT) – The Trenton Thunder, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announce that New York Yankees’ right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes will pitch for the team on a Major League Baseall rehabilitation assignment Friday night in New Britain, Connecticut. The Thunder have also activated catcher Austin Romine from the Disabled List and received infielder Addison Maruszak from Triple A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre. In a corresponding move, outfielder Jason Place has been released. The Thunder roster sits at its maximum of 24 active players.

Hughes, who is also celebrating his 25th birthday on Friday, will make his second rehab appearance in the Yankees’ Minor Leagues this week after starting on Sunday with the Short-Season A Staten Island Yankees. The righty was a 2010 Major League All-Star and finished the season 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA, leading the Yankees to the American League Championship Series. In 2006, Hughes was named the “Kevin Lawn Minor League Pitcher of the Year” when he combined to 12-6 with a 2.16 ERA in 26 starts with Advanced A Tampa and Trenton.

The Thunder also welcome back two regulars to their roster with the return of Romine, who was named to the 2011 XM Futures Game yesterday, and the utilityman Maruszak.

Friday’s game, scheduled for 6:35 PM from New Britain Stadium, is the first of a three-game set between the Thunder and the Rock Cats. New Britain will send RHP Bobby Lanigan (5-5, 3.77) to the mound. Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:20 PM.

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