Phil Hughes RUMORS & NEWS

  • Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes says he’s happy to leave Yankees behind

    The Rotation "Former Yankee Phil Hughes escaped his first jam as a Minnesota Twin without throwing a pitch. Thursday night at the Diamond Awards, the club’s annual awards banquet at Target Field, Hughes and fellow free agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco took the stage for a newcomers Q & A segment. Dick Bremer,..." January 26

  • Twins, Phil Hughes agree on a 3-year, $24 million deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins are expected to announce the signing of free-agent righthander Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal this week, according to a person with knowledge of negotiations. Hughes could be in the Twin Cities as early as this weekend for a physical, the person said. A physical usually..." December 01

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Now that Ricky Nolasco is in the fold, #twins are likely to turn their attention to Phil Hughes, says a baseball source.

  • Twins in on Arroyo, Nolasco, Garza, Pelfrey, Hughes and all who start

    CBSSports.com "The Twins are said by people familiar with their situation to have inquired about just about every available starting pitcher. Although Bronson Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco and ex-Twin Matt Garza have been linked to the Twins most often, they've also inquired about other top starters like Ervin Santana..." November 26

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    Mike Puma @NYPost_Mets

    Also hearing the Mets like Phil Hughes better than Bronson Arroyo at this point.

  • Royals among contenders as Phil Hughes considers new home

    CBSSports.com "The Royals have emerged as a suitor for starting pitcher Phil Hughes, who could be the bargain of the winter after a season of abject underachievement. Though the Royals haven't been connected to Hughes in the past, it should come as no shock that they have interest. Kansas City pitching coach..." November 11

  • Twins interested in Bronson Arroyo, Phil Hughes, Jason Vargas

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Bronson Arroyo will turn 37 in the early stages of spring training, but that hasn't dissuaded the Twins from calling to express preliminary interest in the free-agent right-hander. According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the Twins have yet to make a formal offer for..." November 07

  • Hughes disappointed but not surprised

    Bombers Beat "Here are the early notes as the Yankees (74-64) and White Sox (56-81) prepare to meet here at Yankee Stadium. Left-hander CC Sabathia (12-11 4.91) has the ball for the Bombers and right-hander Erik Johnson — Chicago’s No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com — is making his Major League debut for the..." September 04

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughSL

    Hughes is moving to the bullpen. Huff to start Saturday.

  • Yankees push back Phil Hughes, move up Andy Pettitte in rotation

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees made a slight alteration to their rotation pushing back Phil Hughes (4-13 4.91 ERA) to Monday and moving Andy Pettitte (10-9 4.05 ERA) up to Sunday. Hughes will remain in the rotation despite an abysmal second half but he will not face the hard-hitting Orioles. Instead he’ll face the..." August 31

  • Hughes rhymes with lose

    New York Post "The Yankees sought to build on a spirited victory when they stopped the American League’s hottest team on Friday night. They handed the task to Phil Hughes. “I always say momentum in baseball is the next day’s pitcher and today [Anibal] Sanchez pitched better than Hughes” said Tigers manager..." August 11

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Yankees getting offers now for Phil Hughes.

  • Hughes market may not be what the Yankees hoped

    CBSSports.com "Trading free-agent-to-be Phi Hughes for a hitter makes a lot sense for the Yankees. He's a talented pitcher in a sellers market for pitching, and the Yankees are much deeper in pitchers than hitters at the moment. But so far the Yankees don't seem to be finding the right kind of return,..." July 16

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    AL exec: “Yanks aggressively pushing Joba, Hughes. Joba could happen soon to NL team.” Source says #Yankees talking on both, nothing close.

  • MLB Trade Deadline Notes: Hughes, Chamberlain, Nolasco, and more

    New York Daily News "Given their depth in the rotation and bullpen, and their need for a bat, it seems like a tidy little solution for the Yanks to look into moving Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, both of whom will be free agents -- and both of whom have been rendered less important this year by inconsistent..." June 24

  • Hughes has next start pushed back

    New York Post "Phil Hughes will have more time to figure out how to get out of his recent funk. The right-hander, who pitched in Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers, could have pitched in tomorrow’s series opener versus Texas, but was pushed back to Thursday to keep Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte in..." June 24

  • Yankees' Chamberlain, Hughes could be on trading block

    New York Post "Whenever the subject of deals involving recognizable names is broached in May, the response is standard across baseball: “Nothing really happens until the draft is over,’’ is the canned phrase throughout the AL and NL. That doesn’t mean the swapping will immediately begin at tomorrow’s..." June 07

  • Phil Hughes gets fresh start tonight

    North Jersey "Phil Hughes’ long wait has ended. After his shortest, roughest career outing, Hughes starts fresh tonight at Camden Yards. "It was especially tough, the last one," Hughes said of Wednesday’s first-inning knockout against Seattle. "It took me a couple of days to get over. It’s not something you..." May 21

  • No big changes planned for Hughes

    New York Post "Phil Hughes and pitching coach Larry Rothschild didn’t make any drastic between-starts changes with tonight’s Yankees starter after he failed to get out of the first inning in his last outing Wednesday against the Mariners at Yankee Stadium. “I felt I was a little on the side of the ball. That..." May 21

  • Phil proves integral to Yanks

    New York Post "The word that came to mind yesterday, when watching Phil Hughes dominate the majors’ best offensive team, was “indispensable.” On this Yankees team — when scoring enough runs to win presents a daily conundrum as challenging as “Final Jeopardy!” — the presence of a fourth above-average starting..." May 05

  • Phil Hughes flashes signs of dominance for Yankees, still looks to improve

    Newark Star-Ledger "At times on Sunday, Yankees starter Phil Hughes dominated. He struck out nine, a season-high sum that matched his season high in 2012, too (he never struck out more than six in a game in 2011). He generated 11 whiffs with his fastball, an encouraging 13.25 percent rate. At times on Sunday,..." April 29

  • Yanks seek sweep, but Corbin has other ideas

    MLB.com "D-backs starter Patrick Corbin can get used to this. The last time Corbin, a native of Clay, N.Y., took the mound, he outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. On Thursday, he'll square off against Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, who is seeking his first win of the season after two rough..." April 18

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    wallace matthews @

    Cashman just confirmed Hughes will start for Yankees tomorrow in Detroit

  • Yankees pitcher Hughes one rehab start away

    New York Post "The Yankees’ rotation is one Triple-A start away from being whole for the first time this year. After what he described as his best outing so far, Phil Hughes is scheduled to pitch for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at home Saturday night against Pawtucket. If Hughes, who was targeted as the No. 4..." April 03

  • Jeter plays catch; Hughes works seven frames

    MLB.com "Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Phil Hughes spent a few hours at the Yankees' Minor League complex on Monday morning, putting in work at their various stages of injury rehabilitation. Jeter, who has been resting his surgically repaired left ankle, played catch in the outfield for about eight..." April 01

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    Joel Sherman @

    Girardi acknowledges Hughes will start on DL

  • Yankees starter Phil Hughes will begin season on disabled list

    Newark Star-Ledger "As has long been expected, Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated this afternoon that right-hander Phil Hughes will begin the season on the disabled list. Hughes appeared in a minor-league game today. Girardi said the club is leaning toward giving him two more starts in the minors before he makes..." March 27

  • Hughes set to take another ‘minor’ step on 3 days rest

    New York Post "Phil Hughes will pitch in a minor league game for the first time today on three days’ rest. “They asked and I said, ‘I felt fine,’ ” said Hughes, whose threw a simulated game Monday at the minor league complex. Hughes, who was hampered early in camp by a bulging disk in the upper back, is..." March 22

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    Bryan Hoch @

    Phil Hughes, who will pitch in a Minor League game today, seems likely to begin the year on the DL. Girardi wouldn't commit to it, though.

  • Yankees starter Phil Hughes stays on track, while Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera face minor-league action

    Newark Star-Ledger "Phil Hughes flinched and raised his head toward the overcast sky. His body language displayed exasperation. Behind a protective screen near the mound, a few coaches exhaled when they saw Hughes was okay. Just a few minutes into a simulated game at the teams minor-league complex, a comebacker..." March 19

  • Hughes OK after being hit by ball

    New York Post "Phil Hughes’ simulated game nearly resulted in a real injury. The right-hander took a comebacker off his back in the first of his two innings yesterday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. Hughes was fine, but it was a closer call than he would have liked. “I wouldn’t expect anything less,”..." March 19

  • Hughes throws BP, could still start season on time

    New York Post "With a rotation that is a largely a mixture of aging veterans and somewhat unproven starters, Phil Hughes’ health is not something the Yankees want to worry about. And while the right-hander still has several tests to pass before he can be counted on to begin the regular season in the rotation..." March 15

  • Hughes takes big step with BP session today

    New York Post "Until Phil Hughes pitches in an exhibition game, the Yankees won’t know if the right-hander will have enough time to avoid starting the season on the sidelines. And before Hughes gets to work a game, he has to continue to climb the rehab ladder from a disk problem in his upper back that..." March 14

  • Hughes slides through pain-free bullpen session; Youkilis goes yard & plays 1st

    New York Post "Phil Hughes’ back is without pain. However, his slider could use an aspirin. Hughes, who remains a question mark to start the season in the rotation, made it through a 27-pitch bullpen session yesterday morning at Steinbrenner Field. “I am pain-free, which is the biggest issue. Now it’s just..." March 12

  • Good news for Phil Hughes

    Bergen Record "Phil Hughes was encouraged by his first full bullpen session since being sidelined because of a bulging disk in his upper back early in camp. "Today was a big step," Hughes said after throwing 26 pain-free pitches. Other than having a "terrible slider," Hughes was pleased that he was able to let..." March 12

  • Yankees' Phil Hughes throws first bullpen since back injury

    Newsday "Phil Hughes said being ready for the start of the regular season isn't "out of the question." But the Yankees' righthander, out since Feb. 18 when he suffered two bulging discs in his upper back, has yet to pitch in a game and the clock is not on his side. Hughes did throw a 26-pitch bullpen..." March 11

  • Yankees’ Hughes may not be ready for start of season

    New York Post "Phil Hughes is exercising in a pool and experiencing no problem with the bulging disk in the upper back. Nevertheless, he doesn’t know when he will test it on the mound. Manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday Hughes may not be ready to go when the season starts. “Is it in jeopardy, his start? It’s..." February 28

  • Yankees taking it slow with starting pitcher Phil Hughes' back injury during spring training

    New York Daily News "Phil Hughes’ back injury has never been considered serious, but Joe Girardi admitted Wednesday that the righthander’s status for the start of the season could be in doubt. “Is it in jeopardy, his starting? It’s possible, yeah,” Girardi said. “I think it’s too early to tell that though.” Hughes..." February 28

  • Phil Hughes Might Not Be Ready to Start the Season

    Pinstriped Bible "We knew that Phil Hughes was hurt, so file this under too early to tell, but Joe Girardi recently commented on the fear that Phil Hughes might not be ready to start by Opening Day. It's going to be around two weeks before Hughes is ready to get back on the mound again and he needs to work up to 75..." February 27

  • Phil Hughes could miss start of season due to back trouble

    CBSSports.com "Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has been nursing a bulging disk in his back over the last week, taking anti-inflammatory medication and doing limited work in a pool. Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged on Wednesday that his No. 4 starter might be ready in time for the regular season. “It's..." February 27

  • Bulging disk sits Hughes for two weeks

    New York Post "Phil Hughes’ bulging disk in his upper back could morph into an extensive and throbbing headache for the Yankees. Hughes, the No. 4 starter, was diagnosed with a bulging disk in the C-5/6 area Tuesday when he underwent an MRI exam and was examined by a St. Petersburg, Fla., spine..." February 21

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    Andy McCullough @

    Cashman estimates Hughes will be sidelined for two weeks. Team won't know more until after that.

  • Upper back stiffness sidelines Hughes

    New York Post "On a staff that houses two pitchers 40 and older and another at 38, Phil Hughes wasn’t the favorite to be the first one hit with a physical problem. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old right-hander was sent to a local spine doctor yesterday after complaining of upper back stiffness which developed..." February 20

  • Phil Hughes to Miss 1-2 Weeks With Bulging Back Disc

    Pinstriped Bible "couple Spring Trainings ago, it was the oblique. Last year, elbows were the problem. So far in 2013, the issue cropping up across camp in Tampa seems to be back issues. Second baseman David Adams, relief pitcher Mark Montgomery, and right-hander Phil Hughes have all come down with bad backs; the..." February 20

  • Hughes sidelined with upper back discomfort

    MLB.com "Right-hander Phil Hughes will be sidelined at Yankees camp after experiencing upper back discomfort during a defensive drill. Manager Joe Girardi said that Hughes complained of stiffness behind his right shoulder after covering first base while the club's pitchers were taking fielding practice..." February 19

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    Mark Feinsand @

    Phil Hughes had upper back stiffness & will be out a few days. Hughes was seen by a doctor Tuesday but Girardi wasn't sure if he had tests.

  • Phil Hughes is making payoff pitch for 2014

    Bergen Record "Phil Hughes is disciplined enough to remain in the here and now, avoiding thoughts of that stairway to heaven otherwise known as free agency. There’s a monsoon of wealth just around the corner, but Hughes is thinking more about his change-up than where the meter might drop on his next contract –..." February 15

  • Hughes hoping to make bank with Yanks

    New York Daily News "Most players will tell you they don’t pay attention to offseason baseball news. Phil Hughes couldn’t help himself this winter. As free agent starting pitchers began to come off the board, Hughes took note of the deals being handed out. Edwin Jackson, a 29-year-old with a 70-71 career record and..." February 15

  • Phil looking for consistency

    New York Post "Phil Hughes is set to hit free agency for the first time after this season and it’s almost impossible to predict what type of pitcher he will be once he gets there. Over the last three seasons, he has looked like a future ace for the Yankees, then like someone who could barely get anyone out,..." February 11