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Phil Hughes | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 served up nine runs -- five earned -- in 3 1/3 innings against the Pirates during Saturday's Grapefruit League contest.
The defense let him down but Hughes was hit hard as well -- he gave up home runs to Francisco Cervelli and Jordan Luplow. Hughes is trying to earn a slot in the Twins' starting rotation but his 10.80 ERA through four starts is likely to leave him on the outside looking in. Mar 17 - 6:04 PM

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Phil Hughes permitted one run across four Grapefruit League innings versus the Yankees on Monday.

Hughes served up a solo home run to Tyler Austin but that was it. He struck out three batters and didn't walk anyone. Hughes was roughed up in his first two outings this spring and is probably still on the outside looking in as he competes for the final spot in the Twins' rotation.
Mar 12 - 8:59 PM

Phil Hughes let in four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings during Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He served up longballs to Kevin Pillar and Yangervis Solarte. He notched one strikeout, issued one base-on-balls and allowed five base hits -- four of which went for extra bases. The veteran went 4-3 with a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and five relief appearances last year for the Twins. He spent the offseason recovering from a second surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
Mar 3 - 5:06 PM

Phil Hughes started Monday and pitched two scoreless innings against the Cardinals.

According to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, Hughes topped out at 91 mph today. Since he's owed $13 million both this season and next, Hughes is certainly in the mix for a spot in Minnesota's rotation, even though he went 5-10 with a 5.91 ERA in 20 starts and six relief appearances the last two years. He's coming back from a second surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, and it'd be a really nice surprise if he were able to make a positive contribution.
Feb 26 - 5:14 PM

Phil Hughes (shoulder) said he has no restrictions leading into spring training this year.

"It's really early, so I'm cautiously optimistic about how I feel right now," the veteran right-hander told reporters Wednesday at Twins camp. "It's nice to not have anything holding me back, and I can just go full bore from day one and not feel like I'm behind or anything. So far I'm happy, but the games haven't begun yet so there are a lot of progressions to go." Hughes underwent a second thoracic outlet surgery last August and remains a major question mark for the 2018 season.
Feb 14 - 3:14 PM

Phil Hughes will not attend the Twins' TwinsFest this weekend due to a bout with kidney stones.

It's no doubt a painful situation for the right-hander but shouldn't affect him for the start of spring training. The bigger issue is how Hughes comes back from a second thoracic outlet surgery, which he had last August. He's a major health question mark going into 2018.
Jan 19 - 1:15 PM

Twins GM Thad Levine said Phil Hughes (shoulder) is doing "extremely well" following his August thoracic outlet revision surgery.

Levine added that Hughes is "extremely hungry" to contribute to the Twins in 2018 after logging just 112 2/3 innings between the 2016 and 2017 season. This was the second thoracic outlet syndrome procedure for Hughes and he'll be a big question mark next season despite the positive outlook from Levine.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:10:00 PM

Phil Hughes (shoulder) underwent thoracic outlet revision surgery on Thursday.

The operation was performed in Dallas by Dr. Gregory Pearl. The surgery will obviously end his season. This has been a recurring problem for Hughes, who has now undergone two procedures for thoracic outlet syndrome. The 31-year-old should be ready for spring training.
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 08:22:00 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Phil Hughes (shoulder) is likely headed for season-ending surgery.

Hughes will visit a few more doctors before making a decision all signs point to him needing surgery. This would be the second time he's gone under the knife for thoracic outlet syndrome. The right-hander had a lousy year, posting a 5.87 ERA across 14 outings including nine starts.
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 08:34:00 PM

Twins placed RHP Phil Hughes on the 60-day disabled list with a reoccurrence of symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

Hughes is likely done for the season, having registered a disappointing 5.87 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over nine starts and five relief appearances. He might even need another TOS surgery. The 31-year-old right-hander is owed $13.2 million from Minnesota in 2018 and another $13.2 million in 2019.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 04:19:00 PM

Twins activated RHP Phil Hughes from the 10-day disabled list.

Hughes will be working out of the bullpen, perhaps in a long relief role, now that he has returned from a biceps injury which has kept him off the major league mound since May 22. His fastball was sitting at around 89-92 mph during his rehab assignment, a mark which is a little on the low side for the veteran.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 04:19:00 PM

Phil Hughes (biceps) will be activated and used as a reliever later this week.

Hughes will make a final rehab appearance with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday before being activated. He's still sitting in the 89-92 mph range out of the bullpen, which isn't what he or the Twins had hoped. Hughes, who is in the third year of a five-year, $58 million contract, figures to be used in long relief initially.
Mon, Jun 26, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Phil Hughes (biceps, shoulder) worked a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.

Hughes walked one and finished up his rehab outing having thrown 19 pitches (10 for strikes). His fastball was sitting in the low-90's during his inning of work. He will need to make back-to-back appearances on the rehab assignment before the Twins are ready to activate him from the disabled list.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 09:09:00 PM

Phil Hughes (biceps, shoulder) is set to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Rochester.

Hughes has been experiencing renewed symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, so this probably won't be a one-start rehab stint. The 30-year-old right-hander had a 5.74 ERA and 1.51 WHIP through nine starts with the Twins when he landed on the disabled list in late May.
Mon, Jun 19, 2017 02:22:00 PM

Phil Hughes (biceps, shoulder) played catch Tuesday for the first time since hitting the disabled list May 22.

Hughes is experiencing symptoms related to thoracic outlet syndrome and doesn't really have a timetable for returning to the Twins' active roster. "We’ll see how the throwing goes," Hughes said, "and kind of re-assess how much it’s affecting me and what the next step is." The 30-year-old right-hander had a 5.74 ERA and 1.51 WHIP over his first nine starts this season.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 08:55:00 PM

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