The national baseball talkers are excited about one guy right now on the Minnesota Twins. That same guy seems to also have a bad back. Oswaldo Arcia is the holder of the accolades and the bad back.
Arcia is currently playing in Venezuelan Winter League and has been battling back injuries. He will be missing the next five to six days with the back problem after that a discussion will be had as to what will be done with him. Arcia was dealing with back issues during the last two months of the season with the Twins and now they are presenting themselves again just a couple months later.
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Arcia is a huge part of what the Twins are building and the Twins really need him to be healthy. Arcia will now be the full-time left fielder after the Twins signed Torii Hunter earlier this offseason. Arcia also brings quite a powerful bat to the ballpark, a bat that should just continue to get better as Arcia matures more at the major league level.
The move to left will be something to watch. Arcia has only played in 56 games, started 54 games, in left field. All of those games were in 2013, all of Arcia’s MLB outfield appearances last season were in right field. He played 100 games in right.
Last season, Arcia hit .231/.300.452 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI.
Barring injury, 2015 looks to be Arcia’s first full season at the MLB level. Arcia played in 97 MLB games and 38 Triple-A games in 2013. Arcia saw 103 MLB games last year with 22 games at Rochester.
Injuries always suck, but this recurring problem could be a double-blow for the Minnesota Twins. A blow for the present and for the future.