Hughes feels better, expects to make next start

Hughes feels better, expects to make next start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Phil Hughes felt better than expected after being hit on his right shin by a comebacker on Thursday, and is likely to make his next start.

Hughes left Thursday's 5-2 loss in the fourth inning after suffering a right shin contusion upon being hit by a comebacker from White Sox slugger Adam Dunn.

But Hughes came in on Friday feeling better, and the Twins believe he won't miss a start as a result. The Twins also have an off-day on Monday to give Hughes a little extra time.

"He's sore but he definitely says he can go if he's needed, so I think he'll make his next start," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's sore, which is expected, but it's not as bad as he thought."

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