Twins: MRI shows no major damage in Hughes' shoulder

Good news for Twins infielder Luke Hughes. An MRI on his sprained right shoulder shows no structural damage. Hughes is hoping a good spring will land him a full time job in the big leagues.
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Good news for Twins infielder Luke Hughes. An MRI on his sprained right shoulder shows no structural damage. Hughes is hoping a good spring will land him a full time job in the big leagues.

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