From the best broadcasters in the minor league business: Jim Tocco and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler comes this rather disappointing tidbit:
Hughes, 23, was attempting a sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning on Saturday night when a pitch from Carolina Mudcats reliever Matt Yourkin struck him in the face. The Ole Miss product walked off of the field with trainer Jimmy Southard and was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery.
In 21 games with the Biscuits, Hughes was batting .295 with two home runs and 15 runs batted in. He began the season with Vero Beach in the Florida State League, where his .329 batting average continues to lead the league.
Too bad for Hughes, who might be the top first baseman prospect in the system, but seriously on the first note, Strassler and Tocco deserve a promotion, they go above and beyond what other announcers do, and we hope they got a shot at the big stage one day.
Update [2007-8-27 17:48:12 by R.J. Anderson]:Patrick Cottrell was promoted from Vero Beach to take Hughes' place.