MRI shows only inflammation in Phil Hughes’ back

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Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has already been scratched from two different outings this week, but all signs point to him returning to action sometime soon.

According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, an MRI taken Wednesday afternoon on Hughes’ ailing back showed inflammation related to a herniated disc that he suffered back in 2004.

Hughes, who hasn’t pitched since September 12, was given an epidural injection to treat the soreness and should be able to throw a bullpen session this weekend. If that workout goes well, he could be cleared to make a start early next week against the Rays.

The 25-year-old has posted a 6.00 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 45/24 K/BB ratio through 72 innings this season.

Angels sign Chris Young to one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.