After going through a series of injury updates on four or five players, including stars Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa, acting manager Jayce Tingler was jokingly asked if he was going to give manager Rocco Baldelli some grief for all of them. who were left to handle them.
“Every time I talk to him on the phone, I gently remind him,” Tingler said.
In fact, Tingler had a lot on his plate as the twins were fast colliding, while Baldelli was sidelined with COVID-19. While Tingler had positive updates about both Buxton and Correa, he also announced that outfielder Trevor Larnach would step down the injured list with a right groin strain suffered during Friday’s play in which he defeated Oakland’s Stephen Piscotti. thrown out on the plate.
To fill their roster spot, the Twins recalled catcher Jose Godoy, the last remaining place player on the 40-man roster who was not already on the injured list or active roster.
Tingler called Larnach’s tension “very low-grade” and said Larnach felt it the first time he threw home. As the game progressed, he felt his tightness increasing. Tingler said, although it didn’t matter to him at the plate, it affected his ability to run in the outfield.
Larnacht was scratched from Saturday’s lineup, and the Twins made the move on Sunday morning.
“I think we almost take the news as a blessing and understand that it could have been worse, so in a way, we’re so thrilled that you’re really only seeing — if everything progresses. continues to do and gets done right – really only one more week,” Tingler said.
While Larnach is descending on the injured list, Buxton will survive it. Tingler said Buxton suffered a “very low level hip strain” when he hit the bag in the first inning on Saturday, but after a day of treatment on Sunday and a day off on Monday, the Twins are hopeful. that Buxton may return to the series. Houston Astros starting Tuesday.
The twins also hope to regain Korea during that series, who has suffered an injury to her right middle finger. Korea, who were hit on the arm with the pitch on Thursday, should have got some dry swings and probably a few swings off the tee on Sunday.
If he is feeling well, he may be able to return to face his former teammates. Korea was first drafted by the Astros in 2012 and played in Houston through the previous season.
“I’m sure that deep down,[he’s]super excited, super excited, a) back on the field and probably excited to see some old teammates and friends as well,’ Tingler said. “I think it’s natural.”
Excited to reconnect with your friends and teammates? Miguel Sano, who returned to have twins after surgery to repair a torn meniscus, in New York on Thursday.
The twins are expected to return Baldelli, infielder Luis Arrez and pitcher Dylan Bundy, after testing positive for COVID-19 while in Baltimore.
Tingler said he was expected to fly privately to the Twin Cities on Saturday. He added that everyone is feeling better and that they have “turned the corner.” Once symptom-free, they will need to have two negative tests within 24 hours to return.
“It’s great news,” Tingler said of the trio flying into the house. “Then we’ll wait and go from there.”
Tingler said Bailey Ober (Groin Strain) threw an 18-pitch bullpen on Sunday, and the twins will assess him over the next few days to see if he is capable of throwing a lighter bullpen on Tuesday or Wednesday. Tingler was unsure whether Ober would need to start rehab. … will send twins Joe Ryan, Chris Archer And josh winder Out to face the Astros this week. Winder, who slipped into the rotation in response to injuries to others, has conceded only one run (unearned) in his two starts.