Phil Hughes is back to being a nightmare for Fantasy owners after looking like he had finally broken through for the Twins in 2014. He went from having the best strikeout-to-walk ratio for any starting pitcher in modern history (minimum 150 innings) to forgetting how to miss bats altogether, setting career worsts in strikeout rate and home run rate. His improvement in the latter was just as responsible for his 2014 breakthrough as his impeccable walk rate and presumed to be resolved with his move out of Yankee Stadium. Apparently not. He did lose nearly 2 mph on his fastball, which is a drastic enough change to suggest something was wrong, but absent new information, we have to assume his 2015 was legit since it was more line with his career norms. If you invest a late-round pick in him, understand he may do you more harm than good.
Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (illness) will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Hughes was scratched from a scheduled start Monday due to an illness, but it appears the issue is now behind him. It remains to be seen if he will now pitch out of the bullpen instead of being a member of the rotation.
Twins starter Phil Hughes was a late scratch from Monday's start due to an illness. Hughes was scheduled to start Monday's contest against the Indians, but Tommy Milone will fill in instead. At this point it's unclear how serious the issue is or how it will impact the Twins' starting rotation for the final week of the regular season.
Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (11-9) went five shutout innings Wednesday, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out four in a 6-4 win over the Indians. Departing after throwing just 66 pitches, Hughes performed well in his second start since returning from the disabled list. It appears that Hughes will keep Tommy Milone's rotation spot in the short term, though his reduced pitch counts indicate that he may not be at 100 percent.
Twins pitcher Phil Hughes will replace Tommy Milone in the rotation and start Wednesday at Cleveland, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Hughes had moved to the bullpen after he struggled in his first start back from a back injury on Sept. 15. He gave up a run with a strikeout in two innings in relief on Saturday and that convinced the Twins to give him another shot at the rotation with Milone ailing with a sore shoulder.
Struggling Twins pitcher Phil Hughes won't start during the upcoming homestand, but could pitch in relief, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The plan for Hughes moving forward remains a bit unclear, but he will at least be temporarily removed from the rotation. Hughes has allowed 18 runs over his last 16 2/3 innings covering four starts and has lost his last three decisions. The Twins, who are on the cusp of taking over a playoff spot, can't afford to take any chances by continuing to throw him out there.