Tommy Hanson’s struggles have continued at Triple-A

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Tommy Hanson was bumped from the rotation and demoted to Triple-A about four weeks ago after posting a 5.69 ERA for the Angels and things haven’t gotten any better in Salt Lake.

Hanson has made four starts against Pacific Coast League hitters, allowing 14 runs in 19.2 innings while serving up five homers. It’s been a miserable season for Hanson, who’s struggled on the field and spent significant time on the bereavement list following the death of his stepbrother.

Mike Scioscia told William Boor of MLB.com that Hanson will remain at Triple-A for the PCL playoffs and then “see if he can take a step forward and we can see where he fits in on our club.” Hanson, who was acquired from the Braves in exchange for Jordan Walden, figures to be non-tendered this offseason.

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.