MINNEAPOLIS — Phil Hughes and Oswaldo Arcia left Thursday’s game with injuries.
Arcia was lifted after his 6th inning strikeout and replaced by Max Kepler in right field. Arcia has a right foot bruise and had an X-ray taken, which came back negative. He walked from the clubhouse after the game with a slight limp.
The Twins say he’s considered day-to-day with the injury.
Hughes, on the other hand, might have to miss more time.
Hughes was pitching in the 9th inning when J.T. Realmuto smoked a line drive up the middle that hit Hughes square in the left knee. According to MLB’s Statcast, the ball left his bat at 106 mph, and it caught Hughes straight on.
Hughes stayed on the ground for a while in obvious pain, as manager Paul Molitor and a team trainer rushed out to check on the pitcher. After a few moments assessing his knee while sitting on the ground near the pitching mound, Molitor and trainer Tony Leo helped Hughes to his feet. It took both men supporting Hughes as he limped off the field, and it looked as though he could barely put any weight on the injured left leg.
He’ll have an MRI taken Friday, Molitor said.
“He took a really hard shot off the inside of his knee there,” Molitor said. “We’re optimistic that as far as no breakage. I think we’re doing an MRI [Friday] to make sure.”
At that point the Twins will know more about the extent of the injury and how much time Hughes might miss.