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Phil Hughes Injury: Updates on Twins SP’s Knee and Return

Things continue to get worse for the Minnesota Twins, who will be without starting pitcher Phil Hughes due to a knee injury. 

Continue for updates. 

Hughes to DL

Saturday, June 11

Per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, Hughes will be out for six to eight weeks with a fracture just above his left knee. 

Berardino added that Hughes will be on crutches while waiting for the fracture to heal, and a “September return” would be “almost” a best-case scenario.   

Hughes was injured during Minnesota’s 10-3 loss against the Miami Marlins after taking a line-drive hit by J.T. Realmuto off his knee in the ninth inning. 

Friday was a hard day for Twins pitchers because Hughes and Trevor May were both placed on the disabled list, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. 

This has been a horrible season for the Twins and for Hughes. The Twins are tied with the Atlanta Braves for the worst record in Major League Baseball (18-42). Meanwhile, Hughes has a 1-7 record with an ERA of 5.95, 76 hits allowed, 34 strikeouts and 11 home runs allowed in 59 innings. 

Even though Hughes had the highest ERA among Minnesota starters, Ricky Nolasco, Tyler Duffey and Tommy Milone all have marks above 5.00. Pat Dean has the lowest ERA among Twins starting pitchers with at least four starts (4.75). 

It’s been hard to find anything positive about the Twins so far in 2016. Joe Mauer is hitting well, but that’s where the good vibes stop. 

Hughes’ absence only compounds problems for the Twins, who have already been forced to use nine different starting pitchers through 60 games. This will be a summer of heavy evaluation in Minnesota to determine which players will be around for the future.  


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Phil Hughes, Twins Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Coming off a strong 2014 MLB season, Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the club on Monday.    

MLBRosterMoves provided the latest on the agreement between the two sides:

Hughes, 28, emerged last season as a true ace despite another down season for the franchise. Finishing 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and a career-high 186 strikeouts, Hughes completely turned things around from his horrid 2013 campaign with the New York Yankees.

Prior to the confirmation of the deal, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported an agreement was in place.

Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports offered his take on the deal for Hughes:

Last season, Hughes had a chance to cash in on a $500,000 bonus if he recorded one more out. However, he decided to look toward helping in the future with the franchise, as he told ESPN.com.

“I just didn’t think it was right,” Hughes said. “I owe too much to this organization for the next two years to risk getting hurt for an incentive. For whatever reason it wasn’t meant to be. There’s a lot bigger problems out there. I’m proud of my season.”

In the end, Hughes still comes out with a big payday thanks to last year’s performance.

Under team control until 2019, the Twins now have the pieces to make the AL Central one of the most competitive in the MLB. Already acquiring Torii Hunter and getting a healthy Joe Mauer back, 2015 should be an intriguing season in Minnesota.

In an increasingly competitive division, the Twins still have a tough road ahead. Bringing back Hughes gives Minnesota a true ace, but it is still in a tough division to make a playoff run.


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Phil Hughes to Twins: Minnesota Reportedly Signs SP to 3-Year Deal

Former New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes is headed to the Minnesota Twins after signing a three-year, $24 million deal, reports La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Hughes showed promise throughout his seven seasons in the Bronx. He was never able to take his game to the next level, however. With the Yankees sporting rotation depth, it seemed like it was best for both sides to find a new situation. 

The best word to describe the 27-year-old starter, at least through the early portion of his career, is average. His career ERA is hovering around 4.50 and his FIP is similar, showing he hasn’t been a victim of bad luck or other factors beyond his control.

It simply comes down to Hughes being unable to further develop his repertoire, which is necessary for him to transition from the back end of a rotation to the front. The Yankees gave him ample opportunities in recent years.

The deal doesn’t come as a major surprise. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN noted that Hughes was among the Twins’ likely targets, even after they already acquired Ricky Nolasco. They needed to make some changes in order to make a serious run toward the division title or a wild-card berth at the very least.

But it’s not to say adding Hughes is suddenly going to revitalize the entire team. When you combine his mediocre results with the fact that Minnesota needed bodies as much as actual rotation help, Hughes’ signing starts to make sense. He finished 4-14 this past season with a 5.19 ERA, the second time in three seasons he’s gone above the 5.00 mark. 

Still, there’s no reason Hughes can’t eventually take that next step with his new club. Perhaps a new coaching staff will be able to get him over that hump to transform the right-hander from an average starter to a very valuable piece of the rotation.

All told, Hughes’ signs of progress were too often offset by poor stretches during his time with the Yankees. New York got the most it could out of Hughes, and it’s hard to fault their choice to move on.

Landing in Minnesota is probably the best for all parties involved. 


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Updated Stock Watch for Upcoming MLB Free Agents, Week 23

With less than a month to go in the regular season, free agents-to-be are running out of time to leave a lasting impression on potential suitors. Some of the bigger names, including Robinson Cano, have remained near the top of the free-agent market with steady performance while several others have risen and fallen from month-to-month. 

Players who have disappointed up to this point can still boost their stock by having a big month in September. On the flip side, those who have been terrific for most of the season could see their value fall substantially with a poor finish. 

Here are 10 players who have gone in all different directions throughout the season, but find themselves in a similar position with a few weeks to go. Their value could rise or fall significantly based on their end-of-season performance.


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Yankees Play Guessing Game When It Comes to Phil Hughes

Following another disappointing performance by 27-year-old hurler Phil Hughes, the New York Yankees are left wondering what pitcher they will be putting on the mound every fifth day.

After the loss to the Toronto Blue Jays where the starter yielded three earned runs and seven hits in just four and two-thirds innings, MLB.COM beat writer Bryan Hoch reported that manager Joe Girardi could only give a “lukewarm endorsement” of his pitcher.

He holds a one-year contract, and his less than stellar appearances this season could mark the end of six years in pinstripes.  The realization of this has reportedly left Hughes willing to take a bullpen role with any team that will sign him next year.

2013 has been a microcosm of Hughes’ entire career; loaded with promising highs and perplexing lows. 

The right-handed starter with a mid-90s fastball and a sharp slider just can’t put it all together.  Whether it be from start to start, or year to year, the club never knows what it will get from Hughes.

It seems that every time the Yankees and their fans are ready to embrace him, the “bad Hughes” leaves them feeling like “Hannah Montana” fans at the Video Music Awards.

As the team tries to make a run at a spot in the playoffs during the final month, the wild inconsistency he has shown is hurting their chances, and patience is wearing thin.

The Yankees problem is that there are few, if any, options to replace Hughes. 

David Phelps is on the 60-day disabled list and may not pitch again this season.

During his rehab from a torn labrum at Triple A Scranton, Michael Pineda has had mixed results.  After experiencing shoulder stiffness following an August 2 start, he was temporarily shut down.

Adam Warren, with the exception of one game this season, has been used as a long reliever.  The team would prefer to keep him in the bullpen.

Recent call-up David Huff has been extremely effective in his four relief appearances.  The 28-year-old has given up just one run and two hits in nine and two-thirds innings (0.93 ERA) pitched.  He may be the most logical to move into Hughes’ spot if the Yankees decide to make a change.

The former Cleveland Indian made 52 starts for the Tribe prior to joining the Yankees in 2013. 

In what has become a tired old song for the team, Hughes’ next start may very well decide his fate during September.

Until then, the Yankees and their fans will be left guessing which Phil Hughes will toe the rubber, and whether it is too late to make a change.

 All statistics courtesy of MLB.com


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Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain: The Aces That Never Were

About six or seven years ago, the Yankees had one of the most improved minor league systems in baseball, thanks to a new commitment to growing young talent by general manager Brian Cashman. He wanted to try to keep the team competitive by growing arms and bats in place of the usual expensive acquisitions it would have otherwise made.

The cream of this crop was a 20-year-old right-hander from Southern California who was also a first-round pick in the 2004 draft. At the same time, another 20-year-old out of Lincoln, Neb. was taking the minor leagues by storm and made it to the big leagues only a year after being drafted. Their names are Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, and they were the face of what was supposed to be a new era of Yankee baseball, one that would focus on improving and sustaining the franchise through a surplus of young talent for years to come. Chamberlain and Hughes were set to be the centerpiece for this new golden era.

Chamberlain, armed with a high-90s fastball and a devastating slider, became an instant rock star in his debut in 2007, showing mortality only in the infamous bug game in Cleveland in the American League Division Series. He would make his move to the rotation in 2008 and dominated until injuring himself in August.

Hughes struggled in his first three years in the big leagues as a starter but found a home in the bullpen assuming Joba‘s old role as Mariano Rivera’s eighth-inning setup man for the 2009 World Series champions. At the same time, Chamberlain struggled and labored through the ’09 campaign thanks to an innings limit that routinely forced him to exit games early down the stretch and almost cost the Yanks Game 4 of the World Series.

In the 2010 season, Hughes beat out Chamberlain for a rotation spot and took the AL by storm, winning 18 games and earning an All-Star appearance in Anaheim. Chamberlain struggled in a role he once dominated and lost the setup job to David Robertson, the likely successor to Rivera next season. Hughes struggled down the stretch and was lit up twice in the American League Championship Series to Texas.

For the next three years, both pitchers continued to struggle. Chamberlain was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2011 and has never been the electric reliever he once was. In fact, even worse.

Hughes struggled with a “dead arm” in 2011, won 16 games in an up-and-down 2012 and has struggled big time with a 4.99 ERA this year. Both are free agents this winter, but it is unlikely either will make a good payday and the Yankees probably will not bring either back.

Alas, the two pieces that were expected to help complete the puzzle of a new age of Yankee baseball—its own version of John Smoltz and Tom Glavine—never panned out after all the signs of talent and the nasty stuff they once had faded.

Why did this happen? It’s not like they weren’t good enough. They were. Injuries had a lot to do with it, as Hughes pulled his left hamstring in his rookie year while pitching a no-hitter in Texas and suffered a dead arm in 2011, the same year Chamberlain had Tommy John surgery.

But you know what? This one is on the Yankees front office.

Ever since Chamberlain came up, you’ve probably heard the phrase “Joba Rules” repeated several times, referring to how the team would use him. In 2008, the Yanks kept him in the bullpen until there was a need for starting pitching, and even then they still tried to keep him under wraps by limiting his innings.

In 2009, it really hit the fans when the team decided to regulate his workload. Through the end of July, he was 7-2 with a 3.58 ERA and was finally starting to pitch more effectively. But then manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman began to put an innings and pitch limit on him. In his last nine starts, he never threw over 100 pitches and only pitched into the sixth inning. His ERA ballooned to 4.75 that season and that was the end of Joba Chamberlain as a starting pitcher.

The Yankees never learned their lesson with Joba, as Hughes’ effectiveness as a pitcher waned when they tried to coddle him. And many of the Yankees’ recent former top pitching prospects like Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances have gotten hurt or have pitched so ineffectively as starters that they have been relegated to relief duty.

Heck, look at the Nationals and how well their team has done since the 2012 playoffs after shutting down Stephen Strasburg. It’s understandable that teams do not want to force their young arms too hard as fledgelings, but their conservative handling of pitchers can often hurt them anyway.

If the Yankees are going to get back to being World Series contenders, they need to be less conservative with any future young arm that climbs his way through the minors. Otherwise, they’ll just be another huge waste of talent like Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.

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New York Yankees’ Ivan Nova Searches for Consistency in Tonight’s Start

In the Yankees‘ world these days, good health is hardly anything to take for granted. But if we’re willing to live in a fantasy world for a moment and employ ceteris paribus, or hold all things constant with good health, the Yankees have to be pleased with the performance of their top three starting pitchers so far.

If CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda can avoid the injury bug, the Yankees will have a very formidable trio atop their rotation. It’s those other pesky two slots in the starting rotation that are causing manager Joe Girardi and the Bombers’ fans agita these days. 

Between homegrown products Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, the Yankees are in a constant state of wonder and analysis attempting to figure out why their performance varies so greatly from month-to-month and even game-to-game during the course of the season.

In Hughes, the Yankees have a pitcher who seems to fit the description of a fourth or fifth starter reasonably well, particularly in the difficult environs of the American League East. At his best, Hughes is sharp, and can look like a top-of-the-rotation starter.

At his worst and even on average, Hughes can look dismal. His propensity to give up the long ball is well documented and on his bad days, his four-seam fastball is as straight as an arrow. In all likelihood, this is Hughes’ final hurrah in pinstripes.

Hughes has bought himself more room for error due to his longer track record. Even last season, we saw the best and worst of Hughes, but his best is enough reason to believe he’ll rebound from his early poor performances this season and show more of the pitcher we saw for the majority of last summer.

Nova has far less room for error given his track record. Nova arrived in New York in 2010 and has been a member of the starting rotation ever since. It may not seem that way at times, given Nova’s inconsistency and the Yankees’ proclivity to find spare parts and replacements at lightning speed.

Nova has tantalized fans with his pitcher’s frame, high velocity and diverse enough arsenal of pitches to get major league batters out in big spots. He’s pitched some excellent games for the Yankees at times and given his age and positive attitude, he gives just enough reason to believe he’s turning the proverbial corner.

And then THUD, back he falls into mediocrity. It may be a toll the Yankees are simply unwilling to take much longer, perhaps starting as early as tonight. David Phelps is waiting in the wings and at nearly the same age as Nova, has shown more consistency at the big league level, though in far fewer opportunities.

Nova has started 63 games in his big league career and Phelps only 11. But Phelps has shown a calm about him and an ability to throw strikes and have fewer pitches hit out of the yard or even put in play for hits. Phelps’ career batting average against (BAA) is .226 while Nova’s is .273.

Most alarming about Nova is his peculiar variance in statistics from 2011 to 2012. To most, Nova’s huge uptick in strikeouts, over a nearly identical number of starts and innings pitched, would normally mean greater success. 

Actually, the exact opposite in Nova’s case. His ERA jumped by precisely 1.33 last season and he gave up 28 home runs, up from 13 the year before. Nova has to find a rhythm and determine which pitches are most successful against certain hitters. 

Part of that is location and part of that is strategy. Nova needs to add the two together and find the right mix this April. Otherwise, he could be on the outside looking in at the Yankees’ rotation. That is of course, assuming all remains equal with good health.

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New York Yankees Playing for Big Contracts During the 2013 Season

Most fans are well aware at this point of the New York Yankees‘ plan to cut payroll down to $189 million before the start of the 2014 season.

Entering the 2013, the Yankees have at least 10 significant players on their roster that can or will be free agents after the season.

Their budget plans will make it next to impossible to bring back everyone.

There are players the Yanks would like to bring back but won’t be given a chance to.

There are players the Yanks will have no interest in re-signing.

Then there are the players the Yanks absolutely want and need to bring back, but the price may dictate a different outcome.

The following is a list of players for whom a big 2013 season could mean a major contract in the future.

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2013 New York Yankees: 3 Things to Like

The New York Yankees off-season has been a quiet one due to ownership implementing a new frugal stance.

Instead of story-lines about signing the biggest free agents, Yankee fans were relegated to watching the realities of missing the 2013 postseason grow by the day.

So as a result, fans, the media, and bloggers alike have been provided with plenty of things to grumble about.

And for the first time in almost two decades, the paved regular-season road to October that the Yankees build during the off-season is no longer a smooth ride.

But in reality, not all hope is lost yet; and here are three reasons why.

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Phil Hughes Injury: Updates on Yankees Pitcher’s Back

New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes was forced to leave Game 3 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday with a stiff back, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney:


Hughes was lifted in the fourth inning after giving up a solo home run to Delmon Young and walking Andy Dirks.

Hughes posted a 4.23 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while going 16-13 for the Yankees this season. He had a strong game in the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Game 4 of the ALDS, allowing just one run in 6.2 innings.

From the poor play of Alex Rodriguez to Hughes’ injury, there’s been a lot of turmoil in the playoffs for a team that posted the best record in the American League this season (95-67). This is certainly not the scenario New York could’ve predicted heading into the postseason.

Regardless of whether the Yankees advance past the ALCS, it is assuring that Hughes has been solid in the playoffs after an up-and-down career. The 26-year-old hasn’t been spectacular for New York this season, but he has been a viable starter in the rotation, and that holds promise for the former first-round pick.

Check back here for the latest updates on Hughes’ injury.

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