Minnesota Twins: Projecting the Twins’ ALDS roster

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 28: Manager Rocco Baldelli #5 of the Minnesota Twins looks on during the eighth inning of the Opening Day game against the Cleveland Indians on March 28, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Indians 2-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 28: Manager Rocco Baldelli #5 of the Minnesota Twins looks on during the eighth inning of the Opening Day game against the Cleveland Indians on March 28, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Indians 2-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 10: Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates an RBI triple against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of the game on August 10, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 10: Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates an RBI triple against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of the game on August 10, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Infielders

Mitch Garver, Jason Castro, C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Jorge Polanco, Ehire Adrianza, Miguel Sano, Nelson Cruz (DH), Luis Arraez (9)

One of the biggest decisions within the infield revolves around the health of their two utility players, Luis Arraez and Ehire Adrianza. Both players are recovering from injuries and with the threat of losing them for a potential American League Championship Series if they are removed from the roster, the Twins have to be careful if they choose to put one or both on the roster.

When it comes down to it, the question is who is the most likely to be ready for Game 1 on Friday. With the Twins possibly planning for a bullpen game for Game 4, they would love to keep 12 position players and go with 13 pitchers. That being said, the status of Arraez makes that a wild card.

Should Arraez be able to go, the Twins can use Gonzalez as a fourth outfielder and use both Adrianza, who is recovering from an oblique injury, and Arraez in the infield. The question will be whether Arraez has the full range of motion back after spraining his ankle just last weekend.

If Arraez is around 70-to-80 percent, I think he makes the roster. With his ankle as an uncertainty, odds are he will just be limited to playing in the infield.

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