Twins' Phil Hughes: Will begin rehab assignment Wednesday

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

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, but the organization will likely wait and see how he fares in the rehab start Wednesday before determining his role going forward.

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