It was tee time for the Indians against Josh Beckett earlier this evening.
Beckett, who recently missed a start with lat soreness after tying a career-high by throwing 126 pitches on April 29, was blasted for seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, including homers from Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis, while striking out two and walking two. The Indians plated three runs in the second and four in the third before he got the hook.
This was Beckett’s shortest outing since he gave up eight runs over 2 1/3 innings on August 17, 2008 against the Blue Jays. He previously gave up seven runs in his first start of the season against the Tigers on April 7.
Beckett now has a 5.97 ERA over his first six starts this season. Red Sox starters have a miserable 6.01 ERA as a whole, including a 7.24 ERA at Fenway Park. Pretty hard to win that way.
Phil Hughes was officially designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday, the culmination of multiple injury-plagued seasons and poor performance.
Things couldn’t have started out much better for Hughes in Minnesota. The former Yankees hurler joined the Twins on a three-year, $24 million contract in December of 2013 and reeled off a 3.52 ERA over 32 starts during his first season with the club. He set the MLB record (which still stands, by the way) for single season strikeout-to-walk ratio and even received some downballot Cy Young Award consideration. The big year resulted in the two sides ripping up their previous agreement with a new five-year, $58 million deal, but it was all downhill after that.
Hughes took a step back with a 4.40 ERA in 2015 and struggled with a 5.95 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He wasn’t any better upon his return last year, putting up a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and five relief appearances. Hughes missed time with a biceps issue and required a thoracic outlet revision surgery in August. He began this year on the disabled list with an oblique injury, only to put up a 6.75 ERA over two starts and five relief appearances before the Twins decided to turn the page this week.
Hughes is still owed the remainder of his $13.2 million salary for this year and another $13.2 million next year. The deal didn’t work out as anyone would have hoped, but unfortunately this is another case of health just not cooperating.