Over the weekend, Brian Dozier was scratched from the lineup just hours before game time due to the flu bug that has filtered through the Twins clubhouse. With multiple players having missed time already, you have to wonder when the club will be at full strength. On a positive note, a short-term situation such as the flu seems to be the biggest issue the Twins are facing.
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Often times teams are dealing with pitchers that may be undergoing an unexpected Tommy John surgery (our condolences Yu Darvish), or someone dealing with a freak accident (again sorry Hunter Pence). At this point, the Twins have to feel fortunate that their biggest issue is guys missing time due to being sick.
With any sport, when one person gets sick, the close proximity immediately brings everyone into an at risk situation. With Dozier being the latest Twins player to miss time, he joins a list that includes Jordan Schafer, Kurt Suzuki, Trevor Plouffe, Oswaldo Arcia, and Trevor May. Considering that they all have bounced back and returned to the fold relatively quickly, the Twins have to feel fortunate about their luck.
Going into the season, and even playing through the stretch of Spring Training games, the biggest downfall of the flu would be in player conditioning. Causing someone to have to slow their training regimen, the flu could most certainly slow the ramp up for the season. If the Twins can put this bug behind them, they should still have plenty of time before they head up north to get over everything.
Here’s to Minnesota staying healthy the rest of the way, and the flu being the most of their worries.