DOWN: The Twins’ health
One of the biggest reasons for the Twins’ success this season has been their luck on the injury front. Outside of a short stint without Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver, the Twins have been able to avoid the injury list this season and trot out their best possible lineup. Unfortunately, that luck ran out last week.
After Adrianza and Buxton went on the injured list at the beginning of the week, utility man Marwin Gonzalez went on the shelf with a hamstring later in the week. Even reliever Blake Parker went on the family emergency list to tend to his pregnant wife, leaving the Minnesota bullpen short handed in a week where they played a 17-inning game.
Sometimes injuries can be chalked up to bad luck and fortunately the Twins should get Buxton back from a wrist contusion early this week. Even with the Twins having a losing week, there should be better days ahead once the lineup returns to health.