Last year the Minnesota Twins seemed to be cruising before being bitten by the injury bug, derailing a season that otherwise seemed to be going rather well.
That’s why the rash of early season injuries the team has endured is concerning fans who don’t want to see a repeat of last season. Already this year the Twins have lost as many as five players during a game and have needed to send at least two to the IL. The worst of those injuries was suffered by Kyle Farmer, who has a decent start to his season halted by a 92 MPH fastball by Lucas Giolito.
Farmer was struck in the face by an errant pitch by Giolito back on April 12, an injury that required surgery to realign his teeth.
Despite how brutal the injury was, Farmer didn’t hit the IL long term and is even making progress toward returning.
Farmer updated everyone in his recovery this week, both sending a message to Twins fans and giving some deeper details on what things have been like.
“I had a Chick-fil-A biscuit today and I had to cut it in eighths and just put it in the back of my mouth,” Farmer said, via The Athletic. “It still tasted very good. But I had to cut up my food like I cut up my son’s food, so now our plates look the same.”
He also have an update on how he’s progressing toward a return to the field.
Given how gnarly Farmer’s injury was, to hear that he’s already well on track to returning to the team in the near future is nothing short of a miracle. Rocco Baldelli said as much in his postgame comments following the incident against the White Sox while explaining that Farmer having avoided a broken.
That’s insane, and at the time was the best possible news Twins fans could have hoped for. Now it sounds like things are even better, and Farmer in on his way back. Minnesota needs him, as while his offense wasn’t electric before he was lost to his injury, the Twins anemic antics at the plate can use as much help as possible.