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2023 Pitching

STATS W
Wins
L
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ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
WHIP
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 0 3 7.24 17 8 1.61

Top Brandon Hughes News

  • Diamondbacks' Brandon Hughes: Invited to D-backs camp

    Hughes signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Thursday and received an invitation to major-league spring training.

    Hughes holds a 3.91 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in the majors since debuting in 2022, but he surrendered 11 earned runs in just 13.2 innings last season before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in June. The 28-year-old southpaw will now get a chance to redeem himself in the spring, and he could become an important part of Arizona's bullpen if he returns to his 2022 form.

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  • Brandon Hughes: Heads to free agency

    Hughes (knee) was non-tendered by the Cubs on Friday.

    Hughes allowed 11 earned runs over 13.2 innings this past year with Chicago before requiring season-ending knee surgery in June. He should be 100 percent by the spring but is now a free agent and may have to find a new home.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Slated for normal offseason

    Hughes (knee) is expected to have a normal throwing progression this offseason, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Hughes was limited to just 17 appearances this season due to a knee issue that eventually required surgery, but he'll go into the offseason without any restrictions. Adbert Alzolay looks like the early favorite to open 2024 as the Cubs' closer, but Hughes should be used in high-leverage spots if he can stay healthy and return to his 2022 form.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Begins rehab assignment

    Hughes (knee) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Hughes has been on the injured list since June while recovering from a procedure on his left knee. He began throwing off a mound Aug. 15 and started facing hitters again Monday, and he's now set for the final stage of his recovery process. Hughes will likely need to make multiple appearances in the minors before returning to Chicago's bullpen.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Faces hitters Monday

    Hughes (knee) threw a live batting practice session Monday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    The Cubs relayed that Hughes' throwing session went well, but the club has yet to reveal whether the southpaw is ready to take the next step in his recovery from left knee surgery, which would be pitching in minor-league rehab games. Hughes had the knee procedure in June and will likely require several outings in the minors to get fully ramped up before the Cubs are comfortable adding him back to their bullpen.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Throwing bullpen sessions

    Hughes (knee) threw a successful bullpen session Monday, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Hughes is scheduled for another mound workout later this week. He could be an option again for the Cubs' bullpen sometime in September if he is able to avoid setbacks in his recovery from June knee surgery.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Playing catch again

    The Cubs announced Sunday that Hughes (knee) has resumed playing catch, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Hughes is in the early phase of his throwing program as he works his way back from the left knee alignment surgery he underwent in late June. Since he opted for a debridement procedure rather than a reconstructive one, Hughes will have a chance to pitch again in 2023, though his return from the 60-day injured list shouldn't be viewed as imminent. A target date for when Hughes might be activated likely won't emerge until he's facing hitters again.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Undergoes surgery

    Hughes underwent surgical debridement of his left knee Wednesday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.

    Hughes was originally slated for season-ending knee alignment surgery, but the debridement will significantly reduce his recovery time. Hughes will begin his rehab process right away, though it is still unknown whether or not he'll be able to return before the end of the season.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Moves to 60-day IL

    The Cubs transferred Hughes (knee) to the 60-day injured list Tuesday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    With Hughes set to undergo season-ending knee alignment surgery in the next few days, seeing him land on the 60-day IL is hardly a surprise. His transfer makes room on the 40-man roster for Jared Young to be selected from Triple-A Iowa.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Out for season

    Hughes will undergo knee alignment surgery at the end of June and will be held out for the rest of the season, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Hughes has battled knee problems all season -- most recently landing on the injured list June 13 with left knee inflammation -- and the issue is apparently severe enough to warrant season-ending surgery. A move to the 60-day IL is certain to come eventually, and Hughes will end 2023 with a 7.24 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with a 17:8 K:BB through 13.2 frames.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Set to play catch

    Hughes (knee) will play catch Friday, Jared Wyllys of AllCHGO.com reports.

    Hughes made his third trip to the injured list earlier this week when he went down with left knee inflammation. It's a good sign that he's already able to throw, though, perhaps making it possible that he'll require only a minimum IL stay.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Back on IL with knee issue

    Hughes was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday, retroactive to June 12, with left knee inflammation, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    This is already the third IL stint of the year for Hughes, and they have all been related to left knee issues. He's struggled to a 7.24 ERA in 17 appearances for the Cubs when healthy.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Activated from injured list

    Hughes (knee) was activated Friday from the 15-day injured list, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    After recovering from another bout of left knee inflammation, Hughes will return to the Cubs' bullpen Friday night against the Twins. He's been limited to five appearances this year.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Completes extended bullpen session

    Hughes (knee) threw a 32-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Hughes said he felt good during and after the workout, and the Cubs are expected to provide an update Thursday on the next step forward for the rehabbing reliever. He's made only five major-league appearances this season due to lingering left knee inflammation.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Another bullpen Wednesday

    Hughes (knee) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Hughes returned to the injured list at the end of April with left knee inflammation after missing the first two weeks of the 2023 regular season with the very same issue. He's trending in the right direction now, but the Cubs figure to play this a bit more carefully than they did the first time around.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Advances to mound work

    Hughes (knee) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Hughes' inflamed left knee responded well to playing catch Friday, so he'll take the next step forward in his throwing progression by getting back on the mound to close out the weekend. Because he's on the injured list for the second time this season with a left knee issue, Hughes may not be a lock to be activated from the IL in the minimum 15 days. He'll likely need to make at least one or two minor-league rehab appearances prior to being reinstated.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Playing catch

    Hughes (knee) will play catch Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Hughes went back on the injured list a second time last weekend with a nagging knee issue but is ready to start ramping things back up again. Given his previous setback, the Cubs figure to proceed more cautiously with the southpaw this time around.

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  • Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Returns to injured list

    Hughes was placed on the 15-day injured list Saturday, retroactive to April 27, with right knee inflammation, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    It's the same issue that caused Hughes to miss the first two weeks of the 2023 regular season, and he might need even more time off this time around. Caleb Kilian is up from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move and will start for the Cubs on Saturday at Miami.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Sterling Heights, MI
Age: 28
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: S, L