The Minnesota Twins will be without sparkplug Luis Arraez for at least the next week after placing him on the seven-day injured list on Tuesday with a concussion.
Arraez scored an important run in Monday’s 6-5 win over the Rangers, but he paid the price after colliding with Texas catcher Jose Trevino. Arraez initially stayed in the game but was pulled innings later as he was dealing with headache and neck pain.
The good news, manager Rocco Baldelli said, is that he didn’t think Arraez’s concussion symptoms had worsened overnight.
“I don’t believe they’re completely resolved but certainly no worse and that’s kind of where we’re sitting,” Baldelli said. “…It doesn’t appear to be a concussion at the most severe level. It seems more like a mild concussion but something to still be very wary of and attentive to.”
Arraez had to take an impact test, a league-issued test administered by a doctor, on Monday and will continue to be monitored and tested until symptoms resolve. In the meantime, the Twins have called up Nick Gordon to fill Arraez’s spot on the roster, and Baldelli said Max Kepler or Jorge Polanco would likely lead off against righties. Kepler did so on Tuesday.
It was the second career call up for Gordon, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2014. Gordon, who had been in Omaha with the Triple-A Saints, flew to Minneapolis to meet up with the team and joined the team pregame. The infielder is still looking to make his debut after watching from the bench during the entirety of his first stint with the Twins in April.
“I think we have to see how things play out, but I promise no matter who it is, when our guys come up, I’m looking for a way to get them in a game,” Baldelli said.
The Twins will give Michael Pineda at least one extra day after taking a comebacker off his right wrist during his last start. In his place, Lewis Thorpe will draw his second spot start of the season.
Thorpe started on April 16 and gave up two runs in four innings pitched against the Angels. The Twins will need to make a corresponding move before activating him on Wednesday.
Pineda was out throwing in the bullpen pregame on Tuesday. Baldelli said they wanted to see how he got through and felt after that before penciling him in for Thursday, but he said the most likely scenario would be Pineda starting that day with Matt Shoemaker sliding back to start Friday in Detroit.
Twins will reach 85
After four more tier 1 individuals got their COVID-19 vaccinations, the Twins are now set to pass the 85 percent threshold set forth by Major League Baseball to loosen protocols within their clubhouse.
Now, they wait.
Two received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and two of those individuals got one of the two-dose vaccines. Those individuals will be considered fully vaccinated in early June, two weeks after their second shot. At that point, the club will have reached the 85 percent mark collectively.