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Santiago, Hughes successful in rehab outings

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A pair of Twins pitchers were successful in their rehab outings with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.

Left-hander Hector Santiago tossed three scoreless innings in his first start since landing on the disabled list with shoulder soreness on June 7. Right-hander Phil Hughes logged one shutout frame in relief, marking his first game action since he hit the DL with inflammation of the right biceps tendon on May 22.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A pair of Twins pitchers were successful in their rehab outings with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.

Left-hander Hector Santiago tossed three scoreless innings in his first start since landing on the disabled list with shoulder soreness on June 7. Right-hander Phil Hughes logged one shutout frame in relief, marking his first game action since he hit the DL with inflammation of the right biceps tendon on May 22.

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Santiago threw 57 pitches, including 34 strikes, with two strikeouts and two walks. His velocity was where it should be and Santiago was able to use all of his pitches.

"[His velocity] was 89-92," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I didn't see the breakdown on the mix. I don't have any reason to believe he didn't use all his pitches today."

Santiago will fly out on Thursday to join the Twins in Cleveland. The club will then discuss his next step. Santiago is 4-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) with the Twins this season.

Hughes, meanwhile, will likely pitch again for Rochester. On Wednesday, Hughes tossed 19 pitches, 10 for strikes, and walked one. Hughes' velocity sat in the low 90s. He is expected to make consecutive appearances out of the bullpen over the weekend, before the Twins can consider adding him to their 'pen.

In 53 career games as a reliever -- 44 in 2009 with the Yankees -- Hughes has a 2.20 ERA.

Worth noting
• Closer Glen Perkins felt discomfort after his outing on Monday in extended spring training. He has been diagnosed with biceps tendonitis and received an injection. Perkins will be evaluated after seven days of rest.

• Right-hander Justin Haley (shoulder) is slated to throw batting practice on Friday with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Haley has been on the disabled list since May 29.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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