Don Mattingly confirms Zack Greinke will return Wednesday

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed to reporters this evening that Zack Greinke will return from the 15-day disabled list to start at home on Wednesday night against the visiting Nationals.

This according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Greinke has been on the shelf since fracturing his left collarbone in a wrestling match with Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on April 11. He surrendered eight runs — three earned — over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a rehab start at Triple-A Rancho Cucamonga, but his clavicle is healed and the Dodgers are desperate.

Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200/54 K/BB ratio across 212 1/3 innings (34 starts) in 2012 between the Brewers and Angels.

The Dodgers are 9-18 in his absence (not including tonight’s result).

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.