We’re only a few weeks away from Opening Day for the Minnesota Twins and you can feel the excitement in the air. However, injuries are inevitable and Puckett’s Pond is here to keep you up to date on all the latest developments.
Minnesota Twins first baseman/DH Logan Morrison is dealing with a glute injury. Manager Paul Molitor doesn’t seem overly concerned that the injury will impact the 2018 season. However, if this injury is more serious, what impact will it have to start this season?
The Twins signed Morrison to a low-risk one-year contract in February with the hopes that he will solidify the offense. Morrison is coming off of a career year in 2017 and Minnesota is counting on his power bat to reach the postseason this season.
Morrison hit 38 home runs for the Rays while slashing .243/.353/.516 last season. The Twins will need a healthy Morrison if they are going to contend this season. Hopefully, the team is right and he will be ready for Opening Day.
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What if the injury lingers?
Kennys Vargas stands to benefit the most if Morrison misses any time to start the season. Vargas is doesn’t really provide any value in the field so it’s DH or bust for him. Minnesota is understandably hesitant to “give up” on Vargas at this point in his career. However, they don’t have many options and Vargas is not long for this roster.
Miguel Sano could also benefit from Morrison missing some time. He is still working his way back from a leg injury last season and not being in the field defensively will help him transition back smoothly.
This is a big season for Sano and he has yet to prove that he can be an above average third baseman defensively. His future may be at DH but that won’t be this season. Morrison still has to prove that he can produce at a high level consistently and is not part of the future in the Twin Cities.
However, if Morrison comes out and tears the cover off of the baseball Sano could be stuck at third base for the long-term. The future is bright for the Minnesota Twins and that future begins now. This is shaping up to be a wild ride for the American League Central crown and the Twins have closed the gap on the Cleveland Indians.
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