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Phil Hughes | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Phil Hughes (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday morning at Target Field.
Hughes will do a similar workout on Sunday and then join the Twins in Kansas City for a simulated game. He probably won't be able to make a rehab start because minor league seasons are coming to a close. Hughes has been out since August 13 with a back injury. Sep 3 - 11:59 AM

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Phil Hughes (back) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

It will be the first work Hughes has done off a mound since he went on the disabled list with a back injury in mid-August. Assuming things progress Hughes could be back in the Twins' rotation before the end of the month, but with minor league seasons drawing to a close he's running out of time to head out on a rehab assignment. The picture will be clearer after Thursday's session.
Sep 2 - 11:17 PM

Phil Hughes (back) is tentatively scheduled to resume throwing off a mound mid- to late-week.

Hughes was originally expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible, but his back injury has lingered. The right-hander is looking at a mid-September return in a best-case scenario.
Aug 30 - 1:25 PM

Phil Hughes (back) will resume throwing Wednesday or Thursday.

Hughes was originally expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible, but that date has already passed and he's just now beginning to play catch. He could be out through the middle of September.
Aug 25 - 4:52 PM

Phil Hughes (back) has yet to resume throwing.

The Twins had been hoping that Hughes would be ready for activation when first eligible on August 25, but obviously that's not going to happen. He's been limited to pool workouts to this point and feels minor irritation when he makes certain movements. "He’s not throwing," manager Paul Molitor said. "He’s better than he was, obviously. He’s just not turning around as fast as we hoped he would at this point." It sounds like Hughes won't be back until September. Tyler Duffey will continue to fill in.
Aug 23 - 9:53 AM

Phil Hughes (back) is expected back from the disabled list when first eligible on August 25.

Hughes had an epidural in his back Thursday, an injection that has given him relief when he's had back issues in the past. Assuming the shot works again, he should be cleared to resume throwing soon and return to the Twins' rotation later this month.
Aug 14 - 10:02 AM

Twins placed RHP Phil Hughes on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.

Hughes gave up seven runs in three innings Sunday in a loss to the Indians and didn't feel right in his between-starts workouts this week. Tyler Duffey will take his spot in the Twins' starting rotation. Hughes, 29, owns a rough 4.49 ERA in 144 1/3 innings this season. He had a 3.52 ERA in 2014.
Aug 13 - 12:01 PM

Phil Hughes was hit around for seven runs in three innings, suffering a loss on Sunday to the Indians.

The Indians were all over him, scoring once in the first, twice in the second, and four times in the fourth, capped off by an Abraham Almonte two-run home run. Hughes allowed nine hits and a walk while striking out two. It's his worst (and shortest) start of the season, ballooning his ERA to 4.49 with a 1.30 WHIP and an 85/15 K/BB ratio over 144 1/3 innings. Hughes will get a chance to rebound as he'll face the Indians again in his next start with added home field advantage.
Aug 9 - 3:56 PM

Phil Hughes yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings, taking the loss on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

He made a pair of mistakes, resulting in solo home runs to Josh Donaldson in the first inning and Troy Tulowitzki in the third. He served up an RBI double to Dioner Navarro in the sixth before departing. Overall, Hughes allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three. Hughes has pitched well over the last two months, carrying a 3.22 ERA in his last nine starts. On the season, he owns a 4.14 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and an 83/14 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. He'll try to start a new winning streak when he faces the Indians in Cleveland in his next start.
Aug 4 - 9:54 PM

Phil Hughes fired seven scoreless frames in Friday's 10-1 blowout win over the Yankees.

Hughes got the best of his former team by scattering seven hits while walking none and striking out three. The right-hander has really turned his season around over the past two months, posting a 2.77 ERA and 30/5 K/BB ratio over his last nine starts. He'll try to keep it going next wee against the Mariners at home.
Jul 24 - 11:36 PM

Phil Hughes didn't pitch particularly well in Saturday's win over the Tigers, allowing four runs on eight hits over five innings.

Hughes was gifted a 7-0 lead after three innings, but he let the Tigers creep back into vague competitiveness with a three-run fourth and another run surrendered in the fifth. The Twin bullpen is not the Tiger bullpen, though, and the team ultimately secured a 9-5 win to improve to 48-40. For his part, Hughes moved to 8-6 on the season. He holds a 4.32 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 70/11 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings.
Jul 11 - 8:06 PM

Phil Hughes relented two runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision, as the Twins eked out a 10-inning win against the Orioles on Monday.

Hughes allowed nine hits, but only two mattered: solo home runs to Manny Machado and Adam Jones. He also walked one and struck out three. Hughes has notched a quality start in five of his last six starts and currently owns a 4.19 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 67/11 K/BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings. He will face the Miguel Cabrera-less Tigers at home in his next start.
Jul 6 - 11:10 PM

Phil Hughes has had his next start pushed back until Monday to allow Ervin Santana to return to the rotation on July 5.

Hughes had been scheduled to go on Sunday, but instead will work in Monday's series opener against the Orioles. While it takes a two-start week away from the veteran right-hander this week, he'll make up that double against the hard-hitting O's and Tigers next week.
Jul 2 - 7:46 PM

Phil Hughes allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Hughes gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing, and two of the runs credited to him scored after Hughes had left the game. The other two came on solo homers, a problem that has popped back up for the right-hander this season. After allowing just 16 homers and 32 starts last year, Hughes has now allowed 19 homers through 16 starts in 2015. Even so, he's now 7-6 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Hughes will take on the AL Central-rival Royals on Sunday.
Jul 1 - 12:30 AM

Phil Hughes held the White Sox to one run over eight innings Wednesday in the Twins' 6-1 victory.

The only run he allowed came on a second-inning solo shot by Adam LaRoche. Hughes was otherwise terrific, yielding only six total hits, walking none, and fanning five. He's had some trouble with the long ball this season, but the 28-year-old has now been dominant in back-to-back outings and could be settling in as the weather warms. Hughes will try to keep it all working next time out in Cincinnati.
Jun 24 - 3:42 PM

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