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Padres designate Hughes for assignment, recall Nix

The San Diego Padres designated right-hander Phil Hughes for assignment to open a roster spot for prospect Jacob Nix, who is slated to make his major-league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.


Reuters Last Updated at 11 Aug 2018, 06:08 IST United States

The San Diego Padres designated right-hander Phil Hughes for assignment to open a roster spot for prospect Jacob Nix, who is slated to make his major-league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

Hughes, 32, had a 6.10 ERA in 16 games for the Padres after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on June 7.

Nix, 22, is 3-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 10 minor league starts this season. His first nine outings were for Double-A San Antonio, and he pitched six shutout innings in his lone outing for Triple-A El Paso.

Nix was a third-round draft selection in 2015 by the Padres.

Hughes owns an 88-79 career mark and 4.52 ERA in 290 appearances (211 starts) over 12 seasons. He was an American League All-Star in 2010 when he won a career-high 18 games for the New York Yankees and he later twice won 16 games (2012, 2014) for the Twins.

Hughes, a Southern California native, bid farewell to the Padres on his Twitter account.

"Huge thank you to everyone I had the pleasure of working within San Diego. It was an honor to wear the uniform of the team I grew up watching. While my time as a Padre was short, I'll always be your twitter king"

The Padres acquired Hughes from the Twins earlier this season. With San Diego, he had no decisions but appeared in 16 games and posted an ERA of 6.10. He is still owed $13.2 million for next season, in addition to his remaining pay this year.

Also, Triple-A infielder Diego Goris has suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for abuse of a drug for the second time, which violated the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The 27-year-old Goris is batting .265 with seven homers and 53 RBIs in 89 games for El Paso.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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