The Minnesota Twins catcher is currently on a minor league rehab assignment and could re-join the team in time for this weekend’s series against Tampa Bay.
The Minnesota Twins offense has had plenty of important pieces in their lineup this season as they lead Major League Baseball with 106 home runs and six runs per game. While there are several players that have stepped up to make the Twins tick, perhaps nobody has stepped up more than catcher Mitch Garver.
The 28-year old was enjoying a breakout campaign early this season hitting .329 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in 25 games. Although the Twins were very pleased with his hot start it came to a halt when he injured his ankle in a home plate collision with Shohei Ohtani on May 14.
Garver has been on the injured list ever since, but recently started participating in baseball activities. That recovery process has taken another step forward this week as Garver began a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola and could return to the team this weekend according to Judd Zulgad of SKOR North.
The return of Garver would be welcomed with open arms despite the Twins not missing a beat in his absence. Since Garver went down, the Minnesota has gone 11-2 and watched their lead in the American League Central swell to 10 games entering Wednesday.
With the potential return of Garver, the Twins can go back to their three-man rotation at catcher that has seen similar production from Willians Astudillo and Jason Castro. Together, the Twins have formed one of the most potent backstop stables in the league and should continue to produce upon Garver’s return.