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Offbeat Twins starter Phil Hughes designated for assignment, still owed $22M

18:46  22 may  2018
18:46  22 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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a man wearing a hat: Phil Hughes © (Getty Images) Phil Hughes Phil Hughes is moving on from Minnesota.

The Twins on Monday designated the veteran right-hander for assignment as he continues to struggle after multiple surgeries.

“When we moved him to the pen, we were looking for opportunities to have him work his way back. And it became challenging,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday, via the Star Tribune. “We played so many close games, I haven’t had a big opportunity [to use him], and I apologized to him for that.”

The decision will cost the Twins big, as Hughes was guaranteed $13.2 million this season and is due the same salary in 2019 after signing a five-year extension worth $58 million ahead of the 2015 season.

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The Twins will have a week to trade Hughes or place him on release waivers.

"He's worked really hard. He's been through a lot physically. He's had to endure a lot of rehabs. We probably saw him at his best his first year over here. It's been a tough road for him since then,'' Molitor added. "I thanked him for the effort that he's given me and the times he's taken the ball, and I hope something happens in a positive fashion for him moving forward.''

Hughes, 31, pitched 209⅓ innings and posted a 3.52 ERA in 2014 during his first season in Minnesota but has yet to return to the same form after dealing with numerous injuries that have attributed to his decline over the last four years.

He has a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings and has given up four home runs this season.

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