Hughes announced his retirement Sunday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Hughes hasn't played since August of 2018, and he officially brought his career to an end Sunday. The right-hander spent 12 seasons in the majors with the Yankees, Twins and Padres, posting a 4.52 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 1,040 strikeouts over 290 appearances.
The Padres released Hughes on Wednesday.
In addition to the money remaining on his contract for 2018, Hughes was due a $13.2 million base salary in 2019, so it was no surprise the Padres couldn't find any takers for him via trade or waiver claim after he was designated for assignment last week. The Padres ultimately elected to wash their hands of Hughes altogether, allowing the 32-year-old righty to explore his options elsewhere. The acquisition of Hughes was accompanied by cash and a draft pick from Minnesota in May (a competitive balance round B pick), so the Padres essentially bought a pick in exchange for taking on a portion of Hughes' remaining contract from the Twins. Given that he's supplied a 6.34 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 23 appearances (two starts) this season between San Diego and Minnesota, Hughes will likely have to settle for a minor-league contract if he chooses to keep his career going.
Hughes was designated for assignment by San Diego on Friday.
Hughes was cast off the roster in order to make room for Jacob Nix, who will be making his major-league debut against the Phillies on Friday. Across 16 appearances with the Padres this year, Hughes logged a 6.10 ERA and 1.69 WHIP with a 24:5 K:BB in 20.1 innings of relief.
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.
Hughes is moving to the bullpen, the team announced Monday.
The veteran has struggled mightily this season, failing to escape the fourth inning in either of his two starts. With Hughes in the midst of a steep decline, the Twins will move him to the bullpen to presumably work in long relief. It's unclear if he'll get another chance to pitch in the rotation later this season. Fernando Romero will take his place in the rotation for now.
Hughes is no longer listed as the Twins' starter Wednesday against Toronto, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Hughes has done little to demand another opportunity, failing to get out of the fourth inning in each of his first two starts this season. He's struck out five while walking four through seven innings, and his ERA sits at 7.71 after coming in at 5.95 and 5.87 the last two seasons. The veteran no longer looks like a major-league starter, so the Twins may elect to move on, with Matt Magill potentially being an option for Wednesday.
Hughes got a no-decision in Minnesota's 15-9 loss to Cincinnati on Friday, giving up four earned runs on five hits over 3.2 innings, striking out three and walking two.
It was the second straight rough outing for Hughes since he was activated from the disabled list after recovering from an oblique injury, and he's now got a 7.71 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP through just seven innings of work. Hughes had a 5.87 ERA in 53.2 innings last year and a 5.95 mark in 59 innings in 2016, so there's not much in his recent history to suggest he'll be a consistent fantasy contributor this season. He'll look to get on track in his next start against the Blue Jays on May 2.
Hughes allowed two runs on five hits and two walks across 3.1 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Rays. He struck out two.
Making his season debut, Hughes walked Denard Span to lead off the bottom of the first before yielding a two-run home run to C.J. Cron. He bounced back quickly, however, and made it into the fourth inning, when he was removed after putting the first two men on base. All in all, it wasn't the best of debuts for Hughes, who will look to improve upon this showing in his scheduled start Friday against the Reds.
Hughes (oblique) was activated from the disabled list Saturday in advance of his scheduled start Sunday, Brandon Warne of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
The Twins wasted no time in bringing the veteran back from the disabled list, activating him shortly after Saturday's loss to the Rays. To make room for him on the active roster, Gabriel Moya was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Hughes will face off with Yonny Chirinos in his 2018 debut.
Hughes (oblique) will be activated from the DL and start Sunday at Tampa Bay, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Hughes will take over as the fifth starter. It will be his first outing of the season after beginning the year on the DL. The Twins haven't yet needed a fifth starter with several off days and rainouts in April. He's made two minor-league rehab starts and was set to throw a bullpen session before Sunday's start.
Hughes (oblique) could come off the 10-day disabled list and start Sunday at Tampa Bay, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
After making his second rehab start with High-A Fort Myers on April 14, Hughes is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday. If the Twins are satisfied with how Hughes looks Thursday, he could be inserted into the rotation Sunday, which would afford Jake Odorizzi an extra day of rest between starts. If the Twins elect to keep Odorizzi and Jose Berrios on their normal pitching schedules, Hughes would still be a candidate to take the hill against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday, when Minnesota would require a fifth starter for the first time all season.
Hughes (oblique) struck out four and allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings in a rehab start with High-A Fort Myers on Saturday.
Hughes was efficient in this rehab outing, requiring just 61 pitches to get through his day while getting 44 of his offerings over for strikes. The right-hander is currently in line to return to the rotation when the Twins require a fifth starter on April 24 against the Yankees, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Hughes (oblique) is unlikely to start Friday against the White Sox and instead will likely make another rehab start for Low-A Fort Myers on Saturday, the La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Hughes likely would have been activated from the DL to start Friday or Saturday, but the Twins have three home games that may all be postponed due to an impending blizzard, which will prompt the team to keep the right-hander on his rehab assignment. It's expected that Hughes will start Saturday for High-A Fort Myers, perhaps paving the way for Adalberto Mejia to join the big club when a fifth starter is required Friday.
Hughes (oblique) is a candidate to start Friday's game against the White Sox, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Due to a smattering of off days and a postponement Sunday, the Twins don't require a fifth starter until Friday, at which point Hughes could be ready to return from the 10-day disabled list. Hughes covered five innings in a rehab assignment at High-A Fort Myers on April 5 and is slated to throw a bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday, which could be the final step he'll face before coming off the DL. After Friday, the Twins won't require a fifth starter again until April 24, so if Hughes would likely move to the bullpen on a short-term basis in the event he gets the call to fill the final rotation spot.
Hughes (oblique) gave up three runs over five innings Thursday with five strikeouts and one walk in a rehab start for High-A Fort Myers while throwing 65 pitches, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
It looks like Hughes will be ready to be activated from the DL when the Twins need a fifth starter April 11 against the Astros.
Hughes (oblique) threw 50 pitches over four innings against minor leaguers Saturday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Hughes is on the recovery track from an oblique strain and is expected to make an official rehab appearance with High-A Fort Myers on Thursday if he continues without issue. The 31-year-old could return as a starter for the Twins with Ervin Santana (finger) out at least until May, but Hughes seems slated to serve in a long-relief role eventually.
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|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||3.0||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||3||3.00||1.667|