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Phil Hughes | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 238
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (23) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Phil Hughes (shoulder) underwent successful rib removal surgery on Wednesday.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Howard Saylor. Hughes was recently diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and the rib removal should alleviate some of his symptoms. The right-hander is hoping to be ready for the start of next season. Jul 7 - 9:38 PM

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Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced Tuesday that Phil Hughes will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on July 6.

The Twins had been hopeful that he would be able to return late in the season from a compression fracture above his left knee, but Hughes was also dealing with shoulder pain. Further evaluation showed he was dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome and he'll need to have a rib removed to alleviate the pain. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2017 season.
Jun 28 - 8:50 PM

Twins transferred RHP Phil Hughes from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Neil Ramirez. Hughes will be out until at least September with a compression fracture above his left knee.
Jun 12 - 2:07 PM

Phil Hughes has been diagnosed with a compression fracture above his left knee and will miss the next 6-8 weeks.

There's a chance this could cost the right-hander the remainder of the season. Hughes was drilled by line drive during Thursday's game and was seen walking on crutches in the Twins clubhouse on Saturday and will have to remain on them for awhile during his recovery. He's likely to be out until September.
Jun 11 - 11:53 AM

Phil Hughes (knee) was seen walking on crutches in the Twins clubhouse on Saturday.

The club is still awaiting the results of his MRI exam. Hughes landed on the disabled list on Friday due to a left knee contusion sustained when he was hit by a line drive on Thursday. Until the results of the MRI are known, it's impossible to speculate on how much time he may miss.
Jun 11 - 11:25 AM

Twins placed RHP Phil Hughes on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee contusion.

J.T. Realmuto is the culprit here. It was his liner that hit Hughes in the knee in the ninth inning on Thursday. The 29-year-old right-hander lands on the DL after posting a rough 5.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 34/13 K/BB ratio across 59 innings. He was shifted from the rotation to the bullpen at the end of May. No timetable for his recovery has been made immediately available, but X-rays taken after the game did not reveal any structural damage, so he may have at least dodged that bullet.
Jun 10 - 2:28 PM

Phil Hughes left Thursday's game against the Marlins after taking a line drive off his left knee.

He exited in the ninth inning after J.T. Realmuto drilled him with a liner back to the mound. Hughes is probably headed for X-rays. The right-hander scattered four hits and one run over 1 2/3 innings before exiting.
Jun 9 - 11:22 PM

Phil Hughes allowed four runs over four innings in a spot start Thursday against the Rays.

Hughes, filling in for Kyle Gibson, showed why the team recently moved him to the bullpen, giving up eight hits -- including an Evan Longoria home run -- with a walk and just two strikeouts. Hughes now owns a 5.97 ERA and 1.48 WHIP and can be ignored in fantasy for all intents and purposes.
Jun 3 - 1:25 AM

Phil Hughes will make a spot start for the Twins on Thursday night against the Rays.

This was supposed to be Kyle Gibson's return to the rotation, but he's battling a stiff back. Hughes was shifted to the bullpen earlier this week but has not been used yet in a relief role. He owns a rough 5.74 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 53 1/3 innings this season.
Jun 2 - 12:53 PM

Phil Hughes has been moved to the bullpen.

His rough start Saturday against the Mariners was apparently the final straw. Hughes gave up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings versus Seattle. Kyle Gibson (shoulder) will come off the disabled list Thursday and start against the Rays.
May 30 - 1:22 PM

Phil Hughes gave up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4 2/3 innings in Saturday’s win over the Mariners.

It could’ve been worse. The Mariners had the bases loaded four different times against Hughes, but hitters went 0-for-4 with a double play in those situations. That helped the right-hander limit the damage, despite the 12 baserunners. He now has a 5.74 ERA with only 30 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings and will next get the Rays at home.
May 29 - 1:41 AM

Phil Hughes allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Toronto scored all three of those runs in the top of the first, on solo homers by Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson and an RBI double from Troy Tulowitzki. Hughes did settle in after that, but he got very little help from the Minnesota offense in falling to 1-7 on the year. A road start against the Mariners is next.
May 22 - 4:48 PM

Phil Hughes pitched well but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday, yielding one run over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers.

Hughes held the Tigers scoreless before allowing a triple and a sac fly to start off the seventh inning. He was surprisingly pulled despite having thrown only 75 pitches, and the Twins' bullpen promptly got tagged for seven hits and six runs the rest of the inning. Hughes' ERA still sits at 5.70 even after his best outing of the season. He'll take on the Blue Jays over the weekend.
May 17 - 11:53 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday night that Phil Hughes has been battling "shoulder fatigue."

Hughes was lifted at 75 pitches Tuesday against the Tigers, in what was shaping up as his best start of the 2016 season. It still probably counts as that considering how much he has struggled this year. Hughes will presumably be watched closely in his between-starts bullpen session later this week, but there has been no indication that he might have to miss his next rotation turn.
May 17 - 10:38 PM

Phil Hughes was hammered for five earned runs in four innings Wednesday as the Twins fell to the Orioles.

Hughes now stands 1-6 with a 6.44 ERA in 36 1/3 innings (seven starts) this season. He had allowed just four homers on the year heading into Wednesday, and then the O's tagged him for three. There's no reason to have the right-hander on a standard fantasy roster.
May 11 - 4:08 PM

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