During yesterday’s pre-game show with Cory Provus on the Treasure Island Baseball Network, Minnesota Twins skipper Rocco Baldelli gave us some positive news about a couple of injured players. Willians Astudillo and LaMonte Wade Jr will be flying down to Florida to start full-on baseball activities “soon.” This doesn’t mean that they will be put into baseball games yet for rehab, but they will surely start getting ramped up to do so.
Jack-of-all-trades Willians Astudillo: 10-day IL, June 26, strained oblique
La Tortuga has been out for almost a month-and-a-half with an oblique strain, but as mentioned before, he’s on his way to the spring training complex to start getting ready for real baseball play. According to the radio crew and Baldelli, he’s been working with the team and also catching bullpen sessions, so a return is very likely. The question is, will he return and be ready for September call-ups?
OF LaMonte Wade Jr: 10-day IL, July 6, dislocated thumb
Wade Jr was called up to take the roster spot of C.J. Cron, who had thumb issues first. Then Wade Jr caught the thumb flu from him while trying to catch a fly ball against the Texas Rangers. He’s reportedly going with Astudillo to Florida to start rehabbing as mentioned earlier.
SP Michael Pineda: 10-day IL, August 1, strained biceps
Big Mike was put on the IL for precautionary reasons after some discomfort during his last start. According to Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage, Pineda is confident that he’ll come off the IL when the ten days are up.
RP Sam Dyson: 10-day IL, August 2, biceps tendinitis
Dyson’s first impression to Minnesota fans was not the greatest after he was traded from the San Francisco Giants. His injury may be to blame, and he said he’s been pitching through it since mid-July, according to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. Park tweets that Dyson should return once the ten days expires.
OF Byron Buxton, 10-day IL, August 3, shoulder subluxation
Betsy Helfand of the St Paul Pioneer Press tweeted a quote from Baldelli stating that it will be at least a couple weeks before the team is able to determine if he will be able to participate in baseball activities. Of course, this does not bode well not only for the outfield, but also for the team as a whole, as their record with Buxton is more pleasant than without him.