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Odorizzi to start season on I.L.; Buxton may join team today

The injury bug impacts the Twins.

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Many teams have been bitten by the injury bug that have resulted in players landing on the Injured List to start the season. The Minnesota Twins have been lucky in this regard - until now.

Betsy Helfand of the St Paul Pioneer Press was one of the first to send out a tweet that starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi will be starting the truncated regular season on the Injured List. He will be listed as having mild upper back soreness. Even though the Twins and Jhoulys Chacin parted ways, the team has a sufficient amount of starting pitching and long-relief depth to fill Odorizzi’s spot in the rotation, including Lewis Thorpe, Matt Wisler, Randy Dobnak, and more. On the other hand, it’s been noted that this I.L. stint will not last long, so Odorizzi may be back before his turn in the rotation.

In some good news, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported that outfielder Byron Buxton has had a full workout with the player pool located in St Paul. Apparently everything has gone well and Buxton may join the team in time for the weekend series as there is one spot available on the traveling roster.

Rosters are due this morning for all MLB teams. Once that is available, we will be sure to have it for your here.