Former Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes has officially announced his retirement from baseball, more than two years after throwing his final pitch in the majors.
A valued reliever on the Yankees’ 2009 World Series team and an All-Star and 18-game winner as a starter the following year, Hughes lasted 12 seasons before he was unable to continue due to multiple injuries, including thoracic outlet surgery in his right shoulder in 2016. Hughes last pitched in 2018, making 16 relief appearances for the San Diego Padres.
“While it’s been fairly apparent to most over these last couple years, I’d like to officially announce my retirement from baseball. Through many ups and downs over 12 years, I look back and am incredibly proud of what I was able to accomplish,” Hughes posted on Twitter.
“While injuries have forced this chapter of my life to come to a close, I’m very excited to pursue other passions. As my job title shifts from baseball player to dad I’ll always feel very connected to this game and the relationships I made.”
The 34-year-old made his debut for the Yankees with 13 starts in 2007 and stayed in the Bronx through 2013 before signing a three-year $ 24 million contract with Minnesota as a free agent.
The former first-round pick (23rd overall in 2004) went 18-8 over 31 games (29 starts) for the Yanks in 2010 and 16-13 over 32 starts in 2012, with a 4.19 ERA in both seasons. He also was 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in his first season with the Twins in 2014, finishing seventh in AL Cy Young award voting.
Hughes’ contract was reworked to a four-year deal worth $ 58 million, but he spent time on the disabled list in ensuing seasons with lower-back problems and a fractured bone in his leg, before twice undergoing surgery to combat thoracic outlet syndrome in 2016 and 2017. He was traded to San Diego in May 2018 before getting designated for assignment and released in August.