Rainout could end up costing Phil Hughes $500,000

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Yesterday’s game between the White Sox and Twins was postponed due to rain in the Chicago area. As Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press explains, the rainout could end up hurting right-hander Phil Hughes in the wallet.

For Hughes, Friday’s rainout could wind up costing him $500,000. That’s how much he would be due upon reaching 210 innings, which he figured to do with relative ease over his final four starts.

By getting pushed back a day, Hughes would have to work on short rest in order to start the season finale on Sept. 28 at Detroit. That start now tentatively figures to go to Kyle Gibson, who was shelled in the early game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Cleveland.

With 187 2/3 innings on the year, Hughes would fall four outs shy of the 210-inning mark should he average seven innings over his final three starts: Saturday, Sept. 19, at home against Cleveland and Sept. 24 at home against Arizona.

Having already collected a $250,000 bonus for reaching 180 innings, Hughes’ next benchmark is another $250,000 at 195 innings.

Hughes has an $8 million salary this season in the first year of a three-year, $24 million contract and he still has a very good chance to max out at $8.5 million before the year is through, so he should be able to get by just fine, thank you. But still, that’s a tough break.