"Phil did well," Molitor said. "I think the plan is to try to get him down here tomorrow tonight and we'll set up some hitters for him Wednesday afternoon. We're in a little bit different circumstances as far as where we are in the season and the options we have to get him ready to pitch. Sometimes you have to take a little bit more risk than you would in April or May. But everything went well yesterday."
Hughes could rejoin the rotation as early as next week, or he could be sent on a rehab assignment to make a start in the Minor Leagues. But with the Minor League season ending on Monday, that outing would likely have to be with Double-A Chattanooga, which is in the Southern League playoffs but could be eliminated before Hughes is ready to pitch.
"We've talked about options," Molitor said. "With Chattanooga playing, you keep your eye on that. That's a possibility. We'll see how they do."
Molitor added that right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who has struggled recently with a 10.22 ERA over his last three starts, will make his next scheduled start, on Wednesday against the Royals. But another subpar outing could put Pelfrey's rotation spot in jeopardy, as rookie right-hander Tyler Duffey has been pitching well, with a 2.67 ERA over his last five starts. Duffey, though, has thrown 170 1/3 innings this season after throwing 149 1/3 in 2014.
"You can just look where we're at and try to evaluate all the starters in the rotation to see where you might have a better option once [Hughes is] ready to start," Molitor said.
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