Minnesota Twins fans aren’t really sure how to feel about this season so far.
On the one hand, the team is 8-4 and winners of three season series so far. The Twins are 4-2 on the road and at home, and starting pitching is so good it’s making everyone wonder if we’re all dreaming.
The flip side of that is how quickly injuries have piled up on Minnesota. Both Alex Kirilloff and Jorge Polanco started the season on the IL and it’s unclear when they’ll make their season debuts.
Max Kepler and Joey Gallo have both been sent to the IL after only playing in a handful of games each, and Kyle Farmer literally got his teeth rearranged by a fastball from Lucas Giolito that hit him in the face.
Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa haven’t suffered obvious injuries, although one could argue that Buxton getting flipped like a Solo Cup by Lenyn Sosa counts as obvious. Buxton walked off the field after that incident and spoke to the media after Wednesday’s game in a way that suggests he might not miss much time.
Things with Correa are a little less clear.
Minnesota’s $200 million man has been out of the lineup since tweaking his back on Saturday against the Houston Astros. It sounds like he’s been making his way back, and being held out as an extra precaution, but you can’t blame Twins fan nervous about seeing a similar thing happen to Kepler and Gallo before the eventually hit the IL.
Is Carlos Correa playing tonight? (April 12, 2023)
Correa has started the season much slower than anyone was hoping, but both this year and his long term contract with the Twins are marathons not sprints.
He wasn’t needed in order to get a series victory over the White Sox, but the Twins would probably like to have him at some point during their four-game series in the Bronx.
To the relief if Twins fans, it appears that will be the case for at least the first game against the New York Yankees. Correa is back in the lineup, as is Byron Buxton despite his own injury concerns.
In the meantime, the lineup has managed to get stitched together fine without him but that was before losing Farmer. Edouard Julien was called up to replace Gallo, but his defense has been the biggest mark against him so far in his young budding career. Nick Gordon might fill in at shortstop with Donovan Solano able to play either first or