Hughes (back) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Friday. Hughes will be available out of the Padres' bullpen for Friday's tilt in Arizona after missing the past couple weeks due to a right rhomboid strain. He's appeared in seven games for San Diego this year since being picked up from Minnesota, logging a pedestrian 6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP with the Padres. Look for him to serve in low-leverage situations.
Hughes was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a right rhomboid strain. Hughes was tagged for three runs on six hits across two innings in his most recent relief appearance, and this could help explain his struggles. It's unclear how long Hughes will be sidelined at this point, though he'll be eligible to return July 1 should he ultimately prove ready. Phil Maton was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Hughes will be available for Tuesday's game against the Marlins and is slated to work out of the bullpen initially, Jay Paris of MLB.com reports. The Padres will have a temporary opening in the rotation Friday against the Reds in the event Joey Lucchesi (hip) isn't able to return from the 10-day disabled list, but it appears Hughes will have to prove himself as a long reliever before getting a look in the rotation. Prior to being traded away by the Twins on Sunday, Hughes made seven appearances (two starts) for Minnesota, surrendering nine runs on 14 hits and five walks over 12 innings.
Hughes was traded to the Padres on Sunday in exchange for minor-league catcher Janigson Villalobos, cash considerations and the 74th pick in the 2018 first-year player draft. The Twins are expected to cover most of Hughes' salary for 2018 and about half of the $13.2 million he's owed for 2019, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. Hughes made seven appearances (including two starts) for the Twins this season, posting a 6.75 ERA and 8:5 K:BB over 12 innings. The Padres have a need for depth at the back end of their rotation, but it's unclear if the team intends to audition Hughes for a starting role or use him as a long man out of the bullpen.
Hughes was designated for assignment by the Twins on Monday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Hughes will head to the waiver wire after being designated for assignment. Manager Paul Molitor stated that Hughes wasn't asked about a minor-league assignment, meaning Hughes will likely end up with another team in the near future if he garners any interest. The 31-year-old has failed to be effective out of the bullpen this season, accruing a 6.75 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through 12 innings.