Projected Minnesota Twins Opening Day roster after Anthony DeSclafani and Jhoan Duran injuries

How will things look for the Twins after losing Anthony DeSclafani, Jhoan Duran, and Caleb Thielbar?

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Twins Opening Day infield

Minnesota's infield might be the one area of the roster not impacted by the recent rash of injuries. While it created three roster spots, there really isn't much of a question about how things will look. The only loose thread was Jose Miranda, who seemed to be playing his way into potential contention for a roster spot after a rough season last year.

Instead, he'll start the season at Triple-A and continue to home his skills. There might have been a place for him as corner infield depth, especially with questions about Alex Kirilloff's health as Opening Day nears. The good news there is that despite all of the injury announcements we didn't hear anything about Kirilloff, and that seemed like when we would.

Miranda could slide behind Royce Lewis at third base, but it seems the combo of Kyle Farmer and Willi Castro will hold things down there. The same goes for depth behind Carlos Correa and Edouard Julien, with Carlos Santana in line to start the season at first base while Kirilloff is the designated hitter.

Player

Position

Carlos Santana

1B/DH

Alex Kirilloff

1B/DH

Edouard Julien

2B/DH

Carlos Correa

SS

Royce Lewis

3B

Ryan Jeffers

C

Christian Vazquez

C

Kyle Farmer

INF

Just Missed The Cut:

  • Jose Miranda, 1B/3B
  • Brooks Lee, 2B/3B

Brooks Lee was also fighting for a roster spot but there are even more hoops that need to be jumped through to make that happen. He seems to be second-in-line out of position players looking to get called up, and the Twins would also need to clear a 40-man roster spot for him as well.

That will eventually happen, but it'll take an injury to a position player, not a pitcher, for that to be a conversation.