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Twins welcome back Jason Marquis, designate Luke Hughes for assignment

Apr 18, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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Jason Marquis was away from the Twins during spring training because his daughter got into a serious bicycling accident, but after building up his arm strength at Double-A he’s ready to join the rotation tonight.

He faces the Yankees in New York, so welcome back and … good luck.

Rather than dropping a pitcher to make room for Marquis on the roster the Twins kept a 13-man pitching staff and instead designated infielder Luke Hughes for assignment. That move is somewhat surprising, but Hughes is a poor defensive second baseman/third baseman who doesn’t really hit enough to be an everyday option at first base or an outfield corner.

There’s a decent chance another team claims him off waivers, but at age 27 and with little success in the majors or at Triple-A the Twins are unlikely to regret losing Hughes.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I think they should have dumped Liriano instead.

  2. Willingham & Eggs - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    I’m not sure why they decided to hang onto Sean Burroughs over Hughes. While Hughes may not be the most accomplished of fielders or hitters, he is certainly more versatile than Burroughs; and Burroughs is not exactly a Jim Thome off the bench himself.

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