Pat Hughes returns to Cubs booth

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes will return to the booth Thursday after spending most of Wednesday in a Cincinnati hospital receiving treatment for a strained disc in the right side of his neck.

Hughes, who has missed just four games in 16 seasons with the Cubs, missed Wednesday's game against the Reds. He checked himself into the hospital complaining of stiffness in the neck and numbness.

Doctors treated the disc problem with medication and ruled out anything more severe such as heart issues or stroke. Hughes flew to Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and a Cubs spokesman said he will broadcast the first of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hughes, 56, has been the radio voice of the Cubs since 1995. Before joining the Cubs, Hughes called Milwaukee Brewers games for 12 years. He has won numerous awards, including Illinois Broadcaster of the Year five times.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.