Luke Hughes' up-and-down season hit another bump in the road on Tuesday, as the Perth native was released from the Sacramento River Cats.
Hughes spent nearly three months within the Oakland Athletics organization, splitting time between the River Cats (AAA) and Midland Rockhounds (AA) after a one-week stint on the major league level.
Hughes started his season with a strong Spring Training session in March, leading the Minnesota Twins in HRs and RBIs in his 23 games. He couldn't keep the momentum alive, though, and was released from the Minnesota roster toward the end of April.
Only a few days later, he was signed to the Oakland squad and again struggled with consistency at the plate. Hughes batted .235 with 2 HRs and 13 RBI in 35 games for the River Cats this season.
Here is a brief look at Hughes' journey this season:
Spring Training: Signed to Minnesota Twins
April 19: Designated for assignment from Twins
April 23: Signed to Oakland Athletics
May 1: Demoted to Sacramento River Hounds (AAA)
June 12: Demoted to Midland Rockhounds (AA)
June 20: Promoted to Sacramento River Hounds (AAA)
July 17: Released
Hughes is currently assessing his options and hopes to sign with another major league club within the coming weeks.