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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.

Edinson Volquez’s brother was stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Horrible news for Marlins stater Edinson Volquez: Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today reports that his younger brother has been stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic.

Brandy Volquez was just 25. He was involved in an early-morning fight on Monday with two men at a barbershop in Santo Domingo. One man is in police custody. Volquez, you may recall, lost his father mere hours before starting Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, so he is no stranger to tragedy, unfortunately.

“I will always remember you my brother. May God have you in his kingdom,” Volquez wrote in an Instagram post. “RIP one love.”

Diamondbacks sign Gregor Blanco

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Blanco hit a mere .224/.309/.311 in 106 games with the Giants in 2006. It was his worst campaign in his big league career, not counting a 24-game stint with the Braves in 2009. Blanco suffered at least one concussion in 2015 and was on the DL for concussion issues twice that season. There’s no telling if that had anything to do with his subpar year, however.

He’ll fight for a backup job for Arizona, who already has A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas in the outfield.