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Hughes (back) is scheduled to play catch Wednesday or Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes was placed on the 15-day DL Thursday with a sore back, according to the Star Tribune's Phil Miller. His time on the DL will be backdated to his last start, Aug. 9.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes gave up four runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings, but got the win and improved to 8-6 in Saturday's victory over the Tigers.

After a slow start, Hughes finally seemed to be getting in gear with a 3.76 ERA in June. However, he's given up six runs in 11.1 innings in two July starts. Hughes has seen a sharp decline in his strikeouts to 5.4 K/9 from 8.0 K/9 last season and his home runs allowed have returned to levels from his Yankee Stadium days (1.69 HR/9). He'll need to improve in both areas to have a strong second half.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes pitched well in a no-decision Monday, allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings.

Hughes has been a reliable innings-eater for the Twins this season, pitching into the seventh inning in each of his last four starts. The veteran righty will carry a 4.19 ERA into his next start this weekend against the Tigers.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes earned the win Tuesday, holding the Reds to four runstwo earnedin 6.2 innings.

Hughes has now won three consecutive decisions and managed to drop his ERA from 4.96 to 4.10 in June. In his five starts this month, Hughes managed to strike out 23 batters while walking just four. His next start will come this weekend against the Royals.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes (6-6) dominated the White Sox on Wednesday, giving up just one run on six hits over eight innings. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.

Amazingly, that modest strikeout total is Hughes' best since April 24 -- exactly two months ago -- and third-best of the entire season. However, he continues to show incredible control, as he's still on nine walks through 98.1 innings this season. Hughes has now turned in back-to-back eight-inning, one-run outings at home against the two Chicago franchises. The White Sox in particular, though, have been low-hanging fruit for a lot of pitchers this year, so don't get overly excited, but it does appear that Hughes is rounding back into form. He next gets the Reds on the road Tuesday.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes had his best start of the season in Friday's win over the Cubs as he allowed one run over eight innings with four strikeouts. The Twins credit his improved start to more frequent use of his change-up. "He kept trying it," manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "which, I think, over the course of the second half will be a pitch he will continue to use more."

Hughes had been in a slump with a 5.47 ERA and just 4.8 K/9 in his last four starts, so hopefully Friday's outing is a sign he'll turn his season around. His strikeout rate remains an issue as he's fallen to 5.5 K/9 from 8.0 K/9 last season.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes allowed three runs through six innings against the Rangers Sunday, striking out three and walking one. He did not factor into the decision.

The righty avoided trouble for the most part, but fell victim to a pair of solo home runs in the second before allowing a third run from a bases loaded jam in the fifth. Hughes' ERA still sits at a disappointing 4.79 on the season, but he has now tossed back-to-back quality starts and will look to make it three as he faces the Cubs at home in his next start Friday.

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Hughes fell to 4-6 despite a quality start Tuesday against Kansas City, as he allowed three runs on seven hits over 7.2 innings.

Hughes walked one but only struck out three, and Kendrys Morales touched him up for a two-run home run. Hughes keeps pounding the zone, but his stuff looks as hittable as it did in his Yankees days this year. His ERA sits at 4.81.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 3 months ago

Hughes allowed five runs on 11 hits over 4.1 innings while striking out four and walking one in the Twins' Game 1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

In a 77-pitch outing, Hughes generated just one swinging strike Wednesday. While he's been able maintain an elite walk rate again this season (0.9 BB/9), Hughes has become prone to the long ball again after seemingly shaking that problem during his first campaign with the Twins. With a 12.4% HR/FB rate through 11 starts, it will be interesting to see if he's able to return to his 2014 level (6.2% HR/FB) over the final four months of the season. He'll face the Royals on Monday at Target Field in his next scheduled start.