Pablo Lopez comments on injury scare after 6-5 win over White Sox

After Pablo Lopez left after four innings on Tuesday, the Twins have provided an update.
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A walk-off win always feels good, but it hits even harder when the Minnesota Twins pull one off against the Chicago White Sox.

There were levels of catharsis on Tuesday night, not the least of which were the good vibes emanating from across the plaza at Target Center. While the Timberwolves were carving out a 2-0 lead over the Suns in the NBA Playoffs, the Twins mounted a comeback against the White Sox that saw them walk-off their rival and avoid disaster.

It's not that big of a stretch to say this was a near-season-saving win, as a loss of this kind to a team as bad as Chicago would have been soul crushing. Minnesota is already off to a rocky start, but things look like they might be finally evening out.

One thing that the team can't afford is another injury to a key player, which is where everyone's mind went after Pablo Lopez was yanked after four innings of work. After the game, manager Rocco Baldelli addressed what happened and explained why Pablo didn't make it more than a few innings into his start.

Pablo Lopez update after Tuesday night is all good news for the Twins

It was a legit injury scare, both in the way things looked and the general context of this season so far for the Twins. Royce Lewis was lost on Opening Day and in the time since the Twins have watched Max Kepler and Carlos Correa both hit the IL.

Lopez's velocity took a sharp downward turn near the end of his start, which is why alarm was raised among fans. Baldelli explained after the game that Lopez is 'physically fine' and he has no reason to believe anything serious is going on.

Talk about a cherry on top of everything that happened on Tuesday.

On his last fastball before being taken out, Lopez clocked 91.9 MPH, which is the slowest that pitch has been for him since he was traded to Minnesota. That was the final drop in an otherwise uninterrupted downward trajectory for Lopez's velocity, but it seems the real culprit here was a combination of simply having an off night and the cold weather in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Temps were in the 40s and it was a bit gusty, which are factors that can't be overlooked. Lopez not having a good night against a bad team is a bit of a bummer, but it's not nearly as bad as the situation could have been.

His next start is scheduled for a start against the Angels on Sunday, which hopefully is enough time for him to shake off whatever held him down so he can get back to pitching how we're used to seeing him.

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