Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Hughes returning to Minnesota for shoulder exam

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins offense Updated: February 6, 2012 - 12:51 PM

Twins infielder Luke Hughes will return to Minnesota to have his right shoulder examined later this week after injuring himself on a recent collision at home plate during the Australian winter league semi-finals.

Hughes, 27, hit seven home runs in 96 games for the Twins last season and is expected to fight for a utility spot again during spring training. He batted .344 in 19 games this winter for his hometown team, the Perth Heat, but hasn’t played since his collision against Melbourne.

“He had an MRI in Australia,” Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said. “We’re going to bring him in here, probably Thursday or Friday, to make sure everything’s in order. He’ll go right to Fort Myers [Fla.] for spring training.”

Ryan called the injury a strained shoulder.

“If he was 100 percent, we wouldn’t shut him down,” Ryan said. “But the collision is such that we need to make sure Luke’s able to proceed without any complications.”

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