Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes gets a $500,000 bonus if he reaches 210 innings pitched this season.
On Wednesday, Hughes breezed through eight innings, giving up only one earned run. Unfortunately, a 66-minute rain delay kept the Twins hurler from coming out for the ninth inning.
That left him at 209.2 innings pitched—one out shy of his bonus!
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters afterward that he will not use Hughes out of the bullpen this weekend.
Update from Thursday, Sept. 25
MLB Network radio host Casey Stern reported that Hughes doesn't want to make a special appearance out of the bullpen in order to earn the $500,000.
Casey Stern @CaseyStern
Phil Hughes told us he didn't want to be a story, didn't think right to do to the #Twins so wont take offer to pitch out of pen for 500K2014-9-25 20:46:59
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If there's any bright side here for Hughes, it's that his team won the game, 2-1, over the Arizona Diamondbacks.