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Hughes available for opener vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- On Monday, one day after he was not available out of the bullpen because of an undisclosed physical issue, Jared Hughes was deemed ready to go for the series opener against the Phillies.

Hughes would not identify the problem, saying only, "It was physical, and now it's better."

The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who is 2-0 with a 2.23 ERA in 28 games, threw from 120 feet with pitching coach Ray Searage in the bullpen on Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

"I feel good," Hughes said afterward. "Ready to get the ball down, throw some sinkers, get some outs."

Said manager Clint Hurdle: "He just had a quick something come up on him, and we're past it."

PHILADELPHIA -- On Monday, one day after he was not available out of the bullpen because of an undisclosed physical issue, Jared Hughes was deemed ready to go for the series opener against the Phillies.

Hughes would not identify the problem, saying only, "It was physical, and now it's better."

The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who is 2-0 with a 2.23 ERA in 28 games, threw from 120 feet with pitching coach Ray Searage in the bullpen on Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

"I feel good," Hughes said afterward. "Ready to get the ball down, throw some sinkers, get some outs."

Said manager Clint Hurdle: "He just had a quick something come up on him, and we're past it."

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