FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins infielder Luke Hughes received welcome news on Wednesday, as a second opinion by Dr. Lewis Yocum on an MRI exam taken on Hughes' strained right shoulder found only inflammation.
Hughes, who injured his shoulder earlier this month in a home-plate collision in his native Australia, received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Wednesday. He's expected to rest for a few days before returning to baseball activity next week.
"He had the same deduction that our people had," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said of the second opinion by Yocum. "It takes a couple of days [to rest after the shot]. I've had many of those."
Hughes is hoping to be ready to go once Grapefruit League play opens on March 3. It's an important Spring Training for him, considering he's out of Minor League options. He's competing for a backup-infielder role, along with Tsuyoshi Nishioka and non-roster invitees Brian Dozier and Sean Burroughs.