Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Broken knee could jeopardize season for Twins' Hughes

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins RHP Phil Hughes has a broken bone above his left knee that's expected to require 6-8 weeks to heal, raising doubt about whether he will return this season.

An MRI exam revealed an impaction fracture on the femur, a tiny crack caused by a line drive by Marlins C J.T. Realmuto that hit him Thursday. Initial X-rays on Hughes showed no break, but the 29-year-old needed help walking off the field after he was struck. He has plenty of swelling and will need crutches to move around in the meantime, but he won't need surgery.

After the bone has healed, he'll need time to work his arm back into pitching shape, which could push the timetable into September.

"You can speculate that. We all know that there's a process of getting a pitcher back in shape to pitch," manager Paul Molitor said Saturday.

Hughes, who has a 5.95 ERA, was recently demoted to the bullpen. With the Twins already a lost cause this season, there would be a question later this summer once Hughes has healed whether bringing him back in 2016 would be worth the risk. GM Terry Ryan balked at the notion of shutting down Hughes, who has three years and $39.6 million left on his contract after this season.

"I'm not one for that. I don't want to rush anything and I certainly don't want him not being competitive, but if all that is place, then, yeah," Ryan said.

PIRATES LOSE CATCHER: Pittsburgh put C Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand that is expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks. The Pirates also acquired backup C Erik Kratz from the Angels for cash. Cervelli left Friday's game against the Cardinals after breaking his hamate bone on a swing.

MARINERS TAKE A GRIFFEY: Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Fame OF Ken Griffey Jr., was selected in the Major League Baseball draft by the Mariners in the 24th round — fittingly, his father's old team and jersey number. The younger Griffey is a wide receiver at the University of Arizona and hasn't played baseball competitively since before high school.

ASTROS: SS Carlos Correa, sidelined by a sprained left ankle, participated in running and hitting drills before the game against the Rays. "I didn't feel great, but it felt good," Correa said. Manager A.J. Hinch hasn't ruled him out for today's game.

DIAMONDBACKS: OF/IF Chris Owings went on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

METS: 2B Neil Walker left in the fourth inning two days after being hit in the chest by a hard grounder.

PADRES: RHP Andrew Cashner went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck. RHP Erik Johnson was recalled from Class A Lake Elsinore to make his major-league debut.

PHILLIES: With RHP Vince Velasquez (biceps strain) on the disabled list, RHP Zach Eflin, 22, will make his major-league debut Tuesday in Toronto. Eflin has a 2.90 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with 55 strikeouts and 11 walks in 681/3 innings.

ROCKIES: LHP Jake McGee went on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation a day after he blew a save in the ninth by allowing a three-run homer to former Rays teammate Wil Myers in a 7-5 loss to the Padres.

ROYALS: RHP Dillon Gee was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, and LHP Scott Alexander was optioned to Omaha.

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