Twins Place Max Kepler, Miguel Sano On 10-Day Injured List

The Twins introduced that outfielder Max Kepler and first baseman Miguel Sano have been positioned on the 10-day injured record. Kepler has a toe fracture, whereas Sano is coping with left knee irritation. In corresponding strikes, outfielder Mark Contreras was referred to as up from Triple-A and the Twins chosen the contract of infielder Tim Beckham from Triple-A, whereas Bailey Ober was moved to the 60-day IL to create a 40-man roster spot for Beckham.

Kepler hasn’t performed since he was hit by a pitch on July 24, and his IL placement is retroactive to the twenty seventh. While he hasn’t been on the sector, Kepler has been participating in restricted baseball actions and even operating drills, so it’s doable he would possibly solely miss the minimal 10 days if he continues to indicate good progress (or if the fracture doesn’ t proceed to restrict his capacity to run).

It has been a curious yr for Kepler, who has hit .244/.344/.390 over 337 plate appearances, good for an above-average 113 wRC+. However, between a wealth of wonderful Statcast metrics and a .361 xwOBA, Kepler is definitely underachieving in comparison with what he “ought to” be hitting based mostly on his superior numbers. For the third straight season, opponents are deploying shifts towards Kepler virtually each time he steps to the plate, which has largely neutralized a lot of Kepler’s onerous contact.

Still, Kepler has been a really productive participant general, between his still-solid batting numbers and his glorious proper discipline glove. His absence will additional hamper a Minnesota outfield that has already been shorthanded by Byron Buxton‘s lingering knee points, as Buxton has been getting a number of DH time relatively than his customary spot in middle discipline. The left-handed hitting Contreras will fill Kepler’s position to some extent, because the Twins will now be juggling Buxton, Nick Gordon, Alex Kirilloff and reserves Contreras, Gilberto Celestinoand so on Kyle Garlick across the three outfield spots.

Sano was solely simply activated from the 60-day IL earlier this week, making it troubling that he has already been sidelined once more by points together with his surgically-repaired knee. His newest damage really occurred when Sano was on his minor league rehab project, as Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli informed reporters (together with MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park) that Sano harm his knee whereas sliding in his final rehab sport. An MRI is scheduled for Sano on Monday.

Sano underwent his surgical procedure in early May, and has solely performed in 20 video games this season, posting a measly .345 OPS over 71 PA. There was some thought that the Twins would possibly transfer on from Sano fully provided that he now looks as if the odd man out on the roster, but this newest IL placement will maintain off any selections on that entrance. If Monday’s MRI reveals unhealthy information, it might mark the tip of Sano’s 2022 season, and fairly seemingly his Minnesota tenure — the Twins will very seemingly purchase out (for $2.75MM) their $14MM membership possibility Sano for the 2023 season.

Beckham signed a minor league take care of the Twins in February, and he would possibly now be in line for his first style of MLB motion since 2019. The former first general decide did not play wherever in the course of the canceled 2020 minor league season, and spent all of 2021 within the White Sox group with their Triple-A affiliate. Beckham has performed everywhere in the infield and likewise seen a while as a left fielder in his profession, so he’ll present the Twins with some utility depth off the bench.

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