Rocco Baldelli provides gruesome details on Kyle Farmer injury, but a 'miracle' update
By Josh Hill
When Kyle Farmer hit the ground after a Lucas Giolito fastball hit his face, you could hear a pin drop inside Target Field.
The last thing anyone expected to hear was good news.
Somehow, that's what fans heard after the game when manager Rocco Baldelli spoke to the media. The main thing on everyone's mind was Farmer's health, which the injury update that was provided was more good news than it was bad.
While Farmer suffered a significant and serious injury, he apparently didn't break his jaw.
Rocco Baldelli provides 'miracle' Kyle Farmer injury update
After the game, Baldelli was solemn but delivered as good of news as he could given the situation.
"Thank god we got news that was better than we expected," Baldelli said after the game. "It looks like he's going to have a procedure today to realign his teeth and to fix a major laceration of the lower jaw. It doesn't appear that there's actually a fracture, or fractures, which is probably some sort of miracle."
Miracle doesn't even begin to accurately describe that update.
Hearing that Farmer doesn't have any fractures is a heck of a chaser to Rocco delivering grim details that he needs to have his teeth realigned. For as bad as it looked, and difficult it was to watch, all Farmer needs is some dental work which is indeed nothing short of miraculous.
It seems obvious, but Farmer is heading to the IL while he recovers. Dan Hayes from The Athletic is reporting that Kyle Garlick is expected to get called up to replace Farmer, with Gilberto Celestino likely to be transferred to the 60-day IL.
Farmer wasn't the only Twins player who left the game on Wednesday. Byron Buxton collided with White Sox second baseman Lenyn Sosa while trying to beat out what might have been a double play. It appeared that the second base umpire blocked each player's view of one another which led to a nasty collision that sent Buxton head over heels, landing on his head and neck.
Baldelli noted after the game that Buxton was taken out of the game after that and wouldn't have batted had his spot in the lineup come up again. That didn't happen, as the Twins escaped with a 3-1 victory, but will be picking up the pieces of a banged up lineup well beyond the finale of this series.