FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Luke Hughes is making good progress in his recovery from a strained right shoulder, suffered early this month in his native Australia, as he threw for the first time on Wednesday and hit soft toss.
Hughes, who is out of Minor League options and competing for a role as a backup infielder, said he's encouraged by how far he's come over the last few days.
He said he doesn't feel any discomfort in his shoulder, but is playing it safe because he doesn't want to suffer any setbacks.
"Today I threw at 60 feet, which was fine," Hughes said. "It went good. So hopefully tomorrow I'll throw it a bit farther. Every day I'll throw a little bit farther and I think I can progress a little bit quicker. I hope to be back fully swinging it the next few days and hopefully see some live pitching after that."
Hughes added he hopes to take batting practice on Thursday and be able to play in his first Spring Training game next week.
But Hughes said he doesn't feel like he's that far behind his teammates, because he played in 19 games with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League to get ready for the season.
"I finished up like four weeks ago in Australia after I got hurt so I got some time there and like 60 or 70 at-bats, which was good," said Hughes, who hit .344 with the Heat. "So I don't feel too far behind. So as long as everything continues to go this way, I'll be happy."