Offbeat Twins starter Phil Hughes designated for assignment, still owed $22M
‘Why now?’: Baseball executives surprised by the Hanley Ramirez move
Get Globe sports news alerts right in your inbox Baseball executives were generally surprised to see the Red Sox part ways with Hanley Ramirez so soon into the season. We hear one team that was ecstatic over the move was the Yankees. Ramirez absolutely crushed Yankees pitching this season, hitting .389 (7 for 18) with three homers, nine RBIs, and a 1.091 OPS, by far his best production against any team. The Yankees were said to be surprised that the Red Sox would give up a righthanded impact bat.
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,. “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.
Report: Cespedes nearing rehab assignment
The New York Mets are hoping to get ailing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes back in the lineup fairly soon. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets hope to send Cespedes, who hasn’t played since May 13, on a rehab assignment by the end of the week.
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.
Nola shuts down Dodgers as Phillies spoil Kershaws return .
Jorge Alfaro drove in two runs, Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1, spoiling Clayton Kershaw's first start in almost a month. LOS ANGELES — Jorge Alfaro drove in two runs, Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Thursday, spoiling Clayton Kershaw's first start in almost a month.