Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes left Thursday night\'s game after being hit with a ball off the bat of Adam Dunn.
Insight: Hughes will get an X-ray and then we will know the extent of the injury. The right-hander had given up five earned runs in each of his last two outings heading into tonight and five or more earned runs in five of his last six so likely wasn\'t in any lineups.
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce is not in Thursday night\'s starting lineup.
Insight: Pearce is not swinging the bat well right now, hitting just .192 over the past eight games, but still has good season-long numbers - , batting .306 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in just 206 at-bats.
Description: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is now expected to hold out while he seeks a new contract.
Insight: Sounds like Lynch got a look at the Jamaal Charles deal and wants to get a bigger and better deal too. Lynch has been worked hard the past three seasons (901 carries) and is smart to want to get a deal done now before anything changes.
Description: There will be no Christmas in Phoenix this season, the team waived guard Dionte Christmas Thursday.
Insight: The Suns are loaded in the backcourt with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis, Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green. Christmass averaged just six minutes per game over 31 contests scoring 2.3 ppg.
Description: Guard Jimmer Fredette has signed a deal with New Orleans.
Insight: Fredette finished last season averaging 5.6 ppg between Sacramento and Chicago. He\'s proven to be useless to fantasy owners because of limited minutes and not being able to fill up a box score.