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Updated: April 18th, 2012 2:49pm
Twins designate Luke Hughes for assignment to make room for Marquis

Twins designate Luke Hughes for assignment to make room for Marquis

by Tom Pelissero
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Luke Hughes has been designated for release or assignment.

The Minnesota Twins finalized the move on Wednesday, making room for Jason Marquis on the 25-man roster and potentially ending Hughes' decade-long run in the organization.

Hughes, who has appeared in four games this season, is out of minor-league options. So, the 27-year-old would have to clear waivers before the Twins could send him to Triple-A Rochester.

Signed as an amateur free agent out of Australia in 2002, Hughes has appeared in 102 major-league games over parts of three seasons, hitting .224/.285/.342 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs.

Marquis opened the season at Double-A New Britain after missing part of spring training following a bike accident that landed his daughter in the hospital. He was 1-0 with 1.93 earned-run average and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings over two starts with the Rock Cats.

Signed to a one-year, $3 million contract in December, Marquis was slated to make his Twins debut on Wednesday night against the New York Yankees.

The Twins now have 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster.

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In this story: Luke Hughes, Jason Marquis