Hughes was on the Twins' Opening Day roster and went 2-for-10 with two RBIs in four games before being designated for assignment Wednesday to make room for Jason Marquis. The 27-year-old infielder appeared in 96 games for Minnesota last season, batting .223 with a .289 on-base percentage, .338 slugging percentage, seven home runs and 30 RBIs.
Hughes is a career .224 hitter and has appeared in 40 games at second base, 37 at first and 16 at third. He was originally signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent on July 19, 2002.
Hughes entered the year off a strong Spring Training effort, posting a .303/.347/.636 batting line with four doubles and six homers in 23 games, but he was the odd man out of the Twins' infield mix once the season began.