Jared Hughes said through the Pirates on Wednesday that he "did not make any comment with a racial undertone or connotation" to Brandon Phillips during Monday's game.
Hughes hit Phillips with a pitch, after which the two players exchanged words. Phillips alleged on his Twitter account after the game that something racist was said to him by an unnamed Pirates player. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Phillips believed he heard Hughes call him "boy." Andrew McCutchen arranged a phone call on Tuesday for Hughes and Phillips to work out their differences, but Hughes has maintained that he never said anything racially insensitive to Phillips.