Hughes hoping for one more start

Phil Hughes was at his locker when the clubhouse opened to reporters this afternoon. He said that his back is feeling better after yesterday’s epidural shot and he is hopeful that he’ll be able to throw a bullpen this weekend, preparing for a start against the Rays at Tropicana Field next week.

“I can’t change what’s gone on; I just have to make the most of what’s left,” Hughes said.

It’s a fitting conclusion to a trying season for Hughes, who was an 18-game winner last year but is now just hoping to finish with an ERA under 6.00. He’s also looking to serve some role on the playoff roster, be it as a starter or a reliever.

“Whatever was going to go wrong seems like it has this year,” Hughes said. “The postseason can turn around a lot of bad regular season stuff.”

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