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Area camps roundup: New York Yankees option RHP Phil Hughes to Triple A

TAMPA — The Yankees optioned RHP Phil Hughes to Triple-A Scranton-Wikes/Barre on Saturday.

Hughes, who started the 2008 season in the rotation, had little chance to start this season after free agents CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett signed. But he did make an impression with a 2.19 ERA in four spring appearances.

"Hughes had a great camp," GM Brian Cashman said. "He's in a good frame of mind."

Meanwhile, RHPs Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett were optioned to Triple A as well, and RH reliever Humberto Sanchez and C Francisco Cervelli were optioned to Double-A Trenton.

Strong outing: RHP Joba Chamberlain gave up a run and four hits and struck out five over 31/3 innings in a 4-3 win against the Tigers.

Phils: Hamels throws

CLEARWATER — Phillies ace Cole Hamels threw his first bullpen session since an anti-inflammatory injection in his left elbow last week, MLB.com reported. He felt no tightness and had no swelling in the elbow during or after throwing.

Medical matter: RHP Chan Ho Park (left hamstring) was scratched before the team's 2-1 loss to the Twins.

Jays: Wells improving

DUNEDIN — Vernon Wells tested his left hamstring, playing the outfield for the first time this spring in the Blue Jays' 9-7 loss to the Astros.

The two-time All-Star, scheduled to go three innings, spent five innings in center but did not have a ball hit his way, and he went 1-for-3 with a single.

Roughed up: RHP Roy Halladay gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings.

The teams

Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Tickets: Call toll-free 1-888-525-5297 or (727) 733-0429 or online at bluejays.com.

Phillies: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Tickets: Call (727) 467-4457 or online at phillies.com.

Yankees: 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Tickets: Call (813) 879-2244 or online at yankees.com.

Area camps roundup: New York Yankees option RHP Phil Hughes to Triple A 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 8:21pm]
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