The Minnesota Twins announced on Friday that Josh Willingham will be the next player to be joined on the team’s 15-Day disabled list. Willingham joins Jason Bartlett and Oswaldo Arcia on the list. Michael Tonkin will be called up to take Willingham’s active roster spot.
Willingham is still hurting due to being hit in the wrist on Sunday. According to the FOX Sports North telecast of the Twins game on Friday, Willingham took some cuts in the batting cage earlier in the day, but still didn’t feel right, so the team decided to put him on the DL. The move will technically take place right before Saturday’s ballgame.
The soonest date Willingham could return is April 22 when the Twins are on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.
This will be the second stint of the year for Michael Tonkin at the major league level. Tonkin was on the Opening Day roster in Chicago due to Brian Duensing’s paternity leave. Tonkin pitched one inning in one game against the White Sox.
Tonkin has pitched in three games at Triple-A Rochester this year pitching 4.2 total innings. Tonkin has yet to allow a run in either level of play. Tonkin is the brother-in-law of current typical Josh Willingham replacement, Jason Kubel.