DOWN: Eddie Rosario
The good news is that the Twins haven’t had any major injuries that could derail their dream season to date. The bad news is that recently, the Twins have dealt with injuries that have resulted in a death by a thousand paper cuts.
The latest victim of the Twins injury bug was Eddie Rosario, who turned his ankle during the Twins victory over the Rays on June 26. While the Twins were hoping that Rosario could just take a couple days off and return to the lineup, their 18-inning game the following day forced their hand and with Byron Buxton and Marwin Gonzalez not ready to return on Friday night, the Twins put Rosario on the disabled list in order to call up some fresh bodies.
The timing for Rosario’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time as he was poised to claim his first trip to the All-Star game after being snubbed last summer. Although he was not named to the All-Star team, it’s fair to wonder if the injury may have had something to do with that. With a .282 average with 20 HR and 60 RBI, Rosario definitely had the numbers to head to Cleveland, but instead, he’ll have to sit through the All-Star break and be ready to go for the second half.