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Injuries of the twins and moves of the roster

Injuries of the twins and moves of the roster

2021-06-11 06:40:00

Track recent twins transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

June 9: OF Kyle Garlick placed on IL. 10 days
As if the Twins’ outfield weren’t battered enough already, Garlick was placed on the 10-day injury list with a sports hernia that flared up following a move into the outfield on June 8. He joins Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, Jake Cave and Luis Arraez as IL outsiders.

June 9: OF Gilberto Celestino recalled by the Triple A St. Paul
It’s a good thing that the twins’ Triple-A affiliate is now just across the Mississippi River. Celestino was released on June 8 to make room for Rob Refsnyder, but is now back in the big leagues as the twins’ last remaining option.

OF Alex Kirilloff (slight sprain in left ankle)
Expected return: Day to day
Kirilloff went out during the second inning of the Twins’ 7-5 7-5 win over the Yankees on June 10 after falling while playing a ball off the wall. Fortunately for the twins, manager Rocco Baldelli noted after the game that he expected that Kirilloff “would need a day or two” to get well and that the problem is considered on a day-to-day basis. (Last updated: June 10)

OF Rob Refsnyder (left hamstring tension)
Expected return: Possibly the week of June 14th
On the day he was reinstated from the seven-day IL concussion, Refsnyder suffered another injury when he felt his left hamstring twitch over a double RBI that tied the game on June 8. The Twins haven’t put him in IL yet in part because there’s a chance he could recover without the need for a stint, but also because the Twins are nearly short of replacement outsiders on the 40-man roster, with Brent Rooker l last man available.

“We will also do it for a whole day of treatment,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. “We’ll see what the next two days really have in store for us.” (Last updated: June 9)

CF Byron Buxton (right hip strain)
Expected return: This week
Buxton completed his basic sprint and running program at Target Field and began a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on June 8 with a 2-for-3 performance with a triple, single, and hitter walk. initial designated. He followed that up with a central start on June 10, during which he recorded an assist on the outfield and hit two home runs.

Although the Twins need a center-back with injuries to both Kyle Garlick and Rob Refsnyder, manager Rocco Baldelli said the Twins didn’t seriously consider shifting Buxton’s rehab timeline to meet the need for the Major League roster – and Buxton himself did it. I don’t even feel ready from a shot point of view. (Last updated: June 10)

RHP Kenta Maeda (right adductor strain)
Expected return: Possibly the week of June 14th
Maeda pitched two successful bullpen sessions over the weekend in Kansas City, using all of his throws, and pitched four innings of a one-shot and one-point ball on June 9 as part of a rehab assignment with Triple. -A St. Paul. He threw 54 shots on that start.

Maeda said after the start that he felt encouraged that his fastball speed had returned and that he doesn’t think he needs another rehab start for the Saints. He hopes to be able to handle a full workload upon his return to the Twins. Manager Rocco Baldelli indicated on June 10 that Maeda “could very well start in the big leagues for his next outing”.(Last updated: June 10)

OF Max Kepler (left hamstring strain)
Expected return
: Mid June
Kepler was said to be at “around 85 percent” on June 10 as his recovery proceeded slower than expected due to a strained left hamstring he had initially attempted to reproduce before aggravating it by running the bases. Manager Rocco Baldelli said it’s possible Kepler could rejoin the Twins on their next trip through Seattle and Texas. (Last updated: June 10)

LHP Caleb Thielbar (left inguinal strain)
Expected return
: Mid June
Thielbar attempted to launch a bullpen session on June 9, but still felt a tightness in his groin that will keep him off the mount for a few more days. The twins will keep him throwing flat sessions until they put him to the test with another bullpen session next week. (Last updated: June 10)

INF / OF Luis Arraez (right shoulder strain)
Expected return
: Possibly the week of June 14th
Arraez took batting practice on the field on June 9 for the first time since his injury and is back to “pretty much all baseball business”. He said he felt a significant amount of pain in both swinging and throwing as he initially attempted to get over his injury, but it’s completely painless and hopes to tackle a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul in the next few days.

“I’m so happy about it,” Arraez said. “And then I want to enjoy my teammates because I know he missed me, and I missed my teammates too. And I’m almost back.” (Last updated: June 9)

OF Kyle Garlick (sports hernia)
Expected return: to be defined
Garlick was placed in the 10-day IL after dealing with pain for some time and set him on fire while chasing a flying ball on June 8, manager Rocco Baldelli said. An MRI has indicated a problem, but the twins aren’t expecting for now that Garlick will need surgery to cure him. (Last updated: June 9)

RHP Cody Stashak (rear disc injury)
Expected return: to be defined
Stashak reported that he felt a problem after a bullpen session and an MRI scan revealed the back injury. (Last updated: June 9)

C Mitch Garver (face contusion)
Expected return: Off for several weeks
Garver needed surgery after removing a foul from his groin area in a game against the Orioles on June 2, and should need several weeks of recovery before starting any significant movement, not to mention baseball activity. He led the team with a slugging rate of 0.579 and 183 wRC + in May. (Last updated: June 8)

LHP Devin Smeltzer (left elbow inflammation)
Expected return: to be defined
Smeltzer began throwing on Monday after recovering from nerve irritation in his left elbow which caused him not pain, but some tingling in the area. He said it’s still difficult to plan his next steps as he accelerates. Twins don’t worry about structural damage to the elbow. (Last updated: May 29)

RHP Edwar Choline (inflammation of the right elbow)
Expected return: Out for several months
Colina started the season on the 60-day injury list due to an inflammation in her right elbow, but suffered another setback on her climb ramp and underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on May 26. . According to baseball operations president Derek Falvey, Colina won’t pitch for several months. (Last updated: May 28)

OF Jake Cave (stress reaction in the lower back)
Expected return: to be defined
Cave was playing with a fracture to one of his vertebrae, and the pain flared up as he ran the bases during a series in Chicago. He was placed in the 60-day IL on May 15 and is expected to need a rest period before a gradual return to the game. (Last updated: May 15)