Phil Hughes made just nine starts last season as he struggled with a biceps injury and recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome. He struggled when on the mound with a 5.87 ERA and a career-low 89.7 mph average fastball. He had surgery in July, 2016 to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome, where part of his rib was removed to relieve nerve pressure on his shoulder. His season ended in July again last year with the same issue. It's possible Hughes' career could be over given his health problems, but he's signed through 2019 at $13.2 million per year. He'll likely get a shot at the Twins rotation if healthy, but may need extensive time in the minors as he works his way back.
Hughes (shoulder) is at full health going into the 2018 season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Hughes was only able to start nine games in 2017 due to a biceps injury and the reoccurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome, which ended his campaign in mid-July. The right-hander was able to throw a bullpen Wednesday and stated that he's under no current restrictions, which will give him a chance to compete for a spot in the Twins' rotation in 2018.
Hughes was placed on the 60-day DL on Tuesday with reoccurrence of symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. 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 (5.87 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 53.2 innings).
Hughes (biceps) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, 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 dramatically different results in a relief role. The Twins will likely use him as a multi-inning mop-up man initially.
Hughes (biceps) is set to throw 35-40 pitches in a relief appearance for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, which is expected to be his final rehab outing, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Twins manager Paul Molitor said he hoped to see more velocity out of Hughes in his last rehab game, but isn't concerned by the current situation. The veteran right-hander has yet to allow a run through three appearances with Rochester, though he hasn't thrown more than 23 pitches in any of them. Wednesday should give a better indication as to his readiness, but there's potential for him to return to the big-league rotation next week.
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. 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.