Hughes gave up two runs over two innings with four hits allowed in his spring debut Saturday. It was his first game since season-ending surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome in July. "Felt like it had been 8 1/2 months," Hughes told MLB.com.
Twins manager Paul Molitor would like to reduce Mauer's workload this season to keep him healthier. "I think I overplayed Joe the first half," Molitor told ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities. "I think it resulted in maybe leading to a potential injury as well as maybe the downslide of performance near the end of the season."