Twins’ injured list bulging at the seams
Trevor Larnach became the 11th player currently on the IL after being diagnosed with pneumonia Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins on Tuesday placed Trevor Larnach on the 10-day injured list after he was diagnosed with pneumonia. He joins 10 teammates on the IL, an impressive collection that includes key players such as second baseman Jorge Polanco, right fielder Max Kepler and right-hander Kenta Maeda.
Injuries to key contributors derailed last season late, knocking the Twins out of contention in the American League Central over about two weeks in September. Minnesota entered Tuesday night’s game against San Francisco at Target Field 2-5 in their previous seven games.
Sick with the flu for several days, Larnach was seen by a doctor on Tuesday.
“We’ll see how he is in a few days,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There was no way he was going to be playing any time in the near future. We need to get him off his feet and let him rest for a couple days.”
Matt Wallner was recalled from St. Paul and the outfielder and was available off the bench. Over six big league games in April, Wallner, 25, was hitless in 11. In 30 games with the Saints, he hit .271 with four home runs and 16 RBIs.
Larnach hit .215 with four doubles, two triples, five home runs and 27 RBIs in 39 games with Minnesota.
“When he comes back, he’s going to need a couple days to build back up and feel like a normal human being again before we put him on the field,” Baldelli said.
Not on the injured list but unavailable on Tuesday was shortstop Carlos Correa, who has a bruised left heel that has been bothering him for days.
“He continued to feel it more, so we’re just going to treat it now and see how he is as the day goes on,” Baldelli said.
Kyle Farmer started at short on Tuesday.
Maeda and reliever Caleb Thielbar, the go-to lefty in the bullpen before training an oblique, aren’t expected back any time soon. Each threw a bullpen session on Tuesday but were expecting at least one more session before leaving for a rehab assignment.
“I didn’t throw for eight or 10 days, so I need time to build the arm back up,” Thielbar said. “Today’s bullpen was 85 percent-ish, so I still need to throw more. It’s probably not going to be a quick rehab.”
Maeda, who rehabbed from Tommy John surgery all season, is on the IL with tiredness in his right arm. In four appearances this season, he is 0-4 with a 9.00 earned-run average.
Maeda threw about 35 bullpen pitches on Tuesday and expects to throw another bullpen session on Friday.
“I feel like I just need one more bullpen session and then I’ll be ready to throw off the mound,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “Velo-wise, everything was there today. I felt really good. Ball was coming off my hand very well.”
Right-hander Tyler Mahle, acquired at the trade deadline last season, had Tommy John surgery on Monday in Dallas after being sidelined last season by a shoulder issue. A free agent at the end of this season, he is 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA in nine starts for Minnesota.
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