Oswaldo Arcia Returns To The Field


This offseason hasn’t been kind in any sense to Oswaldo Arcia. After spending time on the disabled list for the Twins a year ago, he has dealt heavily with back issues this offseason. Playing winter ball in Venezuela, Arcia has missed time for his nagging back once again. Last night however, Arcia took a turn for the better as he returned to play.

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Despite not making an appearance in the starting lineup, Oswaldo Arcia did return to make a pinch-hitting appearance.

Having taken a walk, and only appearing for one plate appearance, it’s pretty obvious that Arcia is easing himself back into things. However, his return to action has to bode well for the long-term prognosis of his situation. Making a return to the lineup suggests that his ailing back has gotten somewhat better in the recent days. Regardless, with the amount the Twins will be counting on him this season, it may be best for him to shut it down until Spring Training.

After Torii Hunter was brought back to the Twins, it became apparent that Arcia would shift over to left field. Needing to play a more demanding position, and already having dealt with injury issues, isn’t a good situation for the Twins to have to figure out. Here’s to hoping that a little time off prior to Spring Training is all Oswaldo Arcia needs to get right.

Also mentioned, Josmil Pinto continues to hit, and continues to do so at a high level in Venezuela. With Kurt Suzuki being a prime candidate to regress at the plate, the Twins will need Pinto’s bat to show up big time this season.

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