Mike Berardino has been a busy man on the Minnesota Twins front today. Checking in down at Cedar Rapids where Twins fans just learned of some potentially scary news for Jose Berrios, Berardino is reporting on a glimmer of hope, this time for Kohl Stewart. Stewart was recently placed on the 7 day disabled list by the Kernels.
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Checking in with Minnesota Twins Assistant General Manager Rob Antony, Berardino has found out that Kohl Stewart may be in better shape than expected after all.
With that information, it looks like Kohl Stewart’s injury is simply the result of being a minor league pitcher. While Stewart did experience some shoulder discomfort last season, this isn’t expected to be related at this point.
Going from being a high school pitcher in Texas to throwing the amount of innings expected from a big league professional is quite the jump, one many teenage arms struggle with initially.
To date this season, Stewart has pitched through 17 starts to the tune of a 2.42 ERA striking out 58 and walking only 23. It is great news to see that Stewart’s latest ailment is simply the cause of the level of transportation afforded to Single-A ballplayers, rather than a serious injury that could hamper his development.
Look for Stewart to continue to build back up to the point he is ready to make a start in the coming weeks. The Kernels could no doubt use him back in their rotation, and fans across Twins Territory can breathe a sigh of relief.