OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
5 months ago

Hughes was placed on the 60-day DL on Tuesday with reoccurrence of symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

EDGE Analysis

It sounds like this could be the end of Hughes' season, as he last pitched July 14 and would therefore be ineligible to return until mid September. Hughes had already moved to a bullpen role with Minnesota, and his fantasy value has completely cratered this season, posting a 5.87 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
6 months ago

Hughes (biceps) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday,

EDGE Analysis

The Twins had initially planned to have Hughes make a fourth and final rehab appearance at Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, but that was scrapped after Craig Breslow (ribs) required a trip to the disabled list. Hughes had started in all but three of his prior 80 appearances with the Twins over the past three-plus seasons, but he'll transition to a relief role in his return to the active roster after being hit hard in his previous nine outings with the big club in 2017. Hughes, whose fastball has sat in the high-80s-to-low-90s this season, noted during his previous rehab appearances that he hadn't seen the uptick in velocity he was hoping for while working out of the bullpen, so it may be difficult for him to notice dramatic different results in a relief role. The Twins will likely use him as a multi-inning mop-up man initially.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
6 months ago

Hughes (biceps) is set to throw 35-40 pitches in a relief appearance for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, his last rehab appearance, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Twins' manager Paul Molitor said he hoped to see more velocity out of Hughes in his last rehab outing, but isn't concerned by the current situation. The veteran right-hander has yet to allow a run through three appearances with Rochester, though each has only lasted 23 pitches at the most. Wednesday should give a firm indication as to his readiness and, barring any setbacks, put him in line for a return to the big league rotation next week.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
6 months ago

Hughes (biceps) gave up a single and walked one with one strikeout on 21 pitches in his second rehab appearance Saturday for Triple-A Rochester, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hughes has been sidelined for around a month with biceps tendinitis. He's had two rehab outings, but there's no timetable yet for him to return to the majors. The Twins have said he'll move to the bullpen when he returns.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
6 months ago

Hughes (biceps) tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, allowing just one walk.

EDGE Analysis

Everything apparently went without an issue, as Hughes is expected to make another appearance for Rochester on Thursday. Hughes has been sidelined for around a month with biceps tendinitis, so It appears the Twins may be looking to move him into the bullpen upon activation in order to reduce the strain on his arm.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
6 months ago

Hughes (biceps) will make a rehab start at Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hughes has been sidelined for nearly a month with right biceps tendinitis that resulted in him experiencing discomfort in his fingers, leading many to speculate that he was dealing with symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition the 30-year-old underwent surgery to address last July. It appears Hughes' situation isn't quite as dire as initially anticipated, but the Twins could still take things slowly with the right-hander, who had seen his velocity drop a tick from last season before hitting the disabled list in late May. With that in mind, Twins GM Thad Levine acknowledged Sunday that Hughes could work in relief once he rejoins the big club in an effort to reduce the strain on his arm, according to Derek Wetmore of 1500ESPN.com, but the organization will likely wait and see how he fares in the rehab start Wednesday before determining his role going forward.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
6 months ago

Hughes (shoulder) played catch Tuesday for the first time since landing on the 10-day DL, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

As recently as Monday, Hughes was still reporting discomfort and "some sensations" in his fingers, per manager Paul Molitor. The plan is for Hughes to throw again Wednesday and continue on with a two-on, one-off approach to his rehab for the time being. There is no timetable for his return to action.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
6 months ago

Hughes (shoulder) is still experiencing discomfort as he tries to return from the 10-day DL. "Phil continues to experience some sensations in his fingers and we're not totally sure what the source is," manager Paul Molitor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

EDGE Analysis

Hughes landed on the disabled list in late May with biceps tendinitis and he does have a history of shoulder issues, including a nerve issue that required season-ending surgery last year. It doesn't sound like Hughes is anywhere close to returning from the DL and his season may be in jeopardy.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
7 months ago

Hughes (shoulder) will attempt "rigorous soft tissue and mobility rehab" before attempting to throw again, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

His MRI revealed no nerve damage, but this latest news suggests he will be out for more than the minimum 10-day DL stint. He had a 5.74 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 47 innings prior to being diagnosed with biceps tendinitis. Consider him out indefinitely.

OUTPhil Hughes
SP MIN
7 months ago

Hughes' MRI on his shoulder this week did not reveal any nerve damage, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

While this is an encouraging report considering the nerve issue that ended Hughes' season in 2016, there's still no word on when he can be expected to return. The earliest Hughes will be able to come off the disabled list is Wednesday, but that may be an optimistic timeline. Look for the Twins to release a clearer time frame for Hughes' return later in the weekend.