Kenta Maida missed Saturday’s start during the fifth inning, which manager Rocco Baldelli called “arm tightness” in his right hand.
Baldelli said it’s something Maeda has “on and off” throughout the years, but particularly flared up in the fifth inning.
Baldelli was unsure of the severity of the injury, but said Maida would be seen by a doctor and had an MRI.
During the first four innings, Maeda’s control looked strong, and his only slip-up allowed a run in the second innings. But in the fifth he conceded two hits before bowling nine straight deliveries.
After bowling the first pitch to Giancarlo Stanton, Maida asked for time and pointed towards the dugout. After talking to Baldelli and the Twins’ trainer, Maeda was dropped from the game.
“There was no question that Kenta was coming out of the game at the time,” Baldelli said. “There really was no debate to be had.”
While Baldelli declined to give a specific timeline or speculate on whether the injury could bring Maeda on the injured list, he said it “could take a while.”
“I don’t see a lot of scenarios right now where it won’t take a while to get Kenta back where he needs to be,” Baldelli said.
series finale postponed
Sunday’s series finale between the Twins and the Yankees has been postponed due to the possible landfall of Hurricane Henry in the New York area.
The teams were not scheduled to meet again this season, but there are three common days in September. The game has been rescheduled for Monday, September 13 at 2:05 EDT.
The Twins had already scheduled a day off on Monday, so the postponement gives the team two days of rest.
Minnesota is set to begin a three-match series against the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday.
Buxton gets a break
Byron Buxton (arm) began his rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul Saints on Friday and went 0-2 on his return with a sacrificial fly.
Baldelli said everything went well, but Buxton would not play on Saturday. Instead allow him some rest and recovery while completing his daily workout.
Buxton plans to return to the Saints lineup on Sunday. Buxton has been out since June 21 with a fractured hand.
Alcala is getting closer
Baldelli said Jorge Alcala, currently on a 10-day injury list with right biceps tendinitis, threw a bullpen session in New York on Saturday.
The 26-year-old reliever has been sidelined since August 9 when he suffered an injury against the Astros.
“He’s doing much better,” Baldelli said. “Finally the (bicep) injury he was dealing with, or moved on to the IL, has improved and I would normally consider it minor. Certainly there is something there but I think he has recovered well ”
Alcala has a 5.11 ERA in 45 appearances this season.
Michael Pineda was seen on the field in the pregame on Saturday, although it is not a sign he is close to a comeback, Baldelli said. “I think he’s mainly going to be a spectator on this (road) trip. Some of that had to do with the health condition of our medical staff, which we’re dealing with right now. If possible We didn’t want to leave everyone back, and Mike was more than okay with traveling. Pineda went on a 10-day injury list with a oblique stretch on Aug. 14. Baldelli said he hoped Pineda Will return sometime this season.