Spring Training is underway, and the Minnesota Twins are already experiencing an injury scare.
Not to sound like someone trying to put a spin on bad news, but it needs to be stressed that everything is alright for now and nothing serious has happened. However, Jose Miranda is being scratched from Team Puerto Rico's roster for the WBC as the Twins monitor a potential issue with his shoulder.
According to MLB.com's Twins writer Do-Hyoung Park, manager Rocco Baldelli announced that Miranda will miss the World Baseball Classic this month due to what is being the team is calling shoulder soreness. It's not officially an injury, and he's not expected to miss time at Fort Myers, but it's serious enough to pull him out of the WBC.
Miranda isn't expected to any miss time with the Twins at Fort Myers, but his shoulder situation is forcing Rocco to limit where he can use him in the lineup.
Twins Rumors: Jose Miranda injury scare doesn't appear to be serious
Hyoung-Park added that the shoulder soreness is preventing Miranda from being inserted anywhere defensively but he will be able to play in the designated hitter role for the time being.
"Miranda's shoulder is stopping him from playing the field right now and "has a ways to go," Rocco says," Hyoung-Park reported. "He'll still DH and get at-bats for the Twins (including tomorrow), but he hasn't started a throwing program yet. They want to keep him around the medical staff here."
The good news is that the soreness doesn't seem serious enough to prevent Miranda from hitting, and testing him out at DH is at least somewhat helpful in seeing how he can fit into different lineups during the season. It also seems as though he's not in danger of missing the start of the season and the soreness won't prevent him from making the Opening Day roster.
Not being able to throw yet, though, seems a little more concerning. So far it doesn't seem like the Twins are too worried about Miranda's health but he's not being allowed to play in the WBC for a reason and it's worth monitoring as Spring Training presses on.