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Luke Hughes Injury: MRI Shows No Major Damage In Infielder's Shoulder

Good news has emerged for 27 year old Minnesota Twins infielder Luke Hughes. After he sprained his shoulder in the Australian Winter League in early February, he received a report on Wednesday during spring training that an MRI had come up showing no structural damage to the shoulder. Still, he has been doing only groundball practice so far for the Twins, no hitting or throwing.

With Hughes being completely out of minor league options, this is a big spring training for him as he looks to try and make the team for good.

In 2011 he ended up with 317 plate appearances after a call-up to the big league club in April, hitting a mediocre .223/.289/.338 alongside seven dingers. Any serious damage in the shoulder along with those numbers would have been bad news for Hughes in Fort Meyers as he looks to get the call to the big leagues for a full season.

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