Mark Reynolds expected to play in Wild Card game despite sore foot

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Mark Reynolds fouled a ball off a bone near his left big toe during yesterday’s game against the Rays. He was fearing a broken bone at first, but Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that X-rays today came back negative.

Reynolds is currently dealing with soreness in the foot, but it will not be enough to keep him out of the lineup for tomorrow’s one-game Wild Card playoff against the Rangers.

“It’s sore, but it’s not anything I’m going to sit out over,” he said.

“It won’t be a problem once you get under the lights and get a little adrenaline flowing. We know how important this game is and I’m sure all the pain will go away.”

Reynolds, 29, batted .221/.335/.429 with 23 home runs, 69 RBI and a .763 OPS in 135 games during the regular season. 16 of his homers came after the All-Star break.

Twins designate Phil Hughes for assignment

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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.