As the Minnesota Twins continue through their season, more injuries are beginning to plague their roster.
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday when he experienced inflammation on the left side of his chest. The injury was sustained on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers when he made a diving attempt to stop a hit in the third inning. Before landing on the disabled list, Plouffe posted a.241/.320/.400 average on 59 hits in 64 games, including 22 doubles, one triple, five home runs, and 38 RBIs.
His place will be taken by Pedro Florimon, who is being called up from Triple-A Rochester. In his time with the Twins before being sent down to Rochester, Florimon had posted a .108/.194/.154 average in 26 games. In that time, Florimon had seven hits, including one double, one triple, and one RBI. He also had six stolen bases, the second most behind Brian Dozier, who has 14.
Eduardo Nunez also suffered an injury in Saturday’s game when he aggravated his right hamstring that kept him out of Sunday’s game. Nunez had entered Saturday’s game after Plouffe had suffered his injury.
While Nunez wasn’t place on the disabled list, Twins assistant general Rob Antony and manager Ron Gardenhire said that Nunez’s injury may take a week or two to fully recover from.
With these back-to-back injuries, the Twins have been put in a tight situation.
“It does nake it a little more interesting,” Gardenhire had said. “You know you’re going to have to every once in a while.”
Earlier in the week, second baseman Brian Dozier had suffered an injury to his lower back, and had to be called back into the game on Sunday. Although it was probably sooner than what the Twins’ staff wanted, his presence was greatly needed. Dozier did not waste any time, however, as he blasted home run number 15 against the Tigers. As much as Dozier tries to take it easy, it’s been known that he wants to play.
“I think he’d be in here fighting right now if he wasn’t in the lineup,” Gardenhire had said of Dozier.
And with so many injuries affecting the roster, the inconsistency in the lineup has been noticeable. The Twins are 3-4 in their last seven games against the Toronto Blue Jays, Houton Astros and Detroit Tigers. In their last game against the Astros, the Twins gave up two grand slams. In Sunday’s game against the Tigers, Oswaldo Arcia dropped a fly ball on the warning track, resulting in an error charged against him and the eventual ninth inning loss.
So, these recent injuries have obviously hindered the team, as they are now five games behind the Tigers in the AL Central Division. If the Twins have any hope of overtaking the division at the end of the season, the injuries are one thing that need to be kept at an all-time low. If more players can stay healthy and keep a consistency going in the lineup, then maybe they can surprise the Major League and its fans.