Hughes announced his retirement Sunday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports. Hughes spent 10 seasons in the majors as a reliever with the Pirates, Brewers, Reds, Phillies and Mets. While the 35-year-old's results declined over the past two seasons, he finishes his career with 12 saves and a 2.96 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 542 relief appearances.
Hughes (0-1) gave up two runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Marlins in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. He did not record a strikeout. Hughes relieved Seth Lugo to start the fourth inning, and a two-run double by Brian Anderson was enough to leave Hughes with the loss. The 35-year-old righty has a 3.38 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and eight strikeouts through 10.2 innings this season. He's recorded two holds.
Hughes was activated off the injured list Sunday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. The veteran right-hander missed summer camp and the start of the season after testing positive for COVID-19, but he's now ready to make his 2020 debut. Hughes had a 4.04 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 54:27 K:BB over 71.1 innings last season and should fill a middle-relief role for the Mets.
Hughes faced hitters for the second consecutive day Saturday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Hughes said Wednesday that he feels as though he's back to full strength after battling COVID-19 during camp, and his throwing schedule echoes that claim. If he feels good following his second consecutive throwing session Saturday, the right-hander could be activated and make his season debut in the coming days.
Hughes (undisclosed) said Wednesday that he feels like he's back to full strength after he was placed on the injured list in mid-July due to a positive COVID-19 test, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. According to Rosenthal, Hughes believes he first picked up the coronavirus while traveling in late June, but the reliever indicated he initially tested negative and was asymptomatic for a week and a half before a positive test result emerged. Hughes' recovery from the illness prevented him from cracking the Opening Day roster, but he's since been cleared for workouts at the team's alternate training site and has thrown in multiple simulated games. He could be activated ahead of this weekend's series in Atlanta.
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