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Central Notes: Twins, O’Neill, Duffy, Engel

The Twins suffered a 7-6 walkoff loss to the Athletics at the moment, and the defeat was maybe a very expensive one for the Minnesota workforce.  Each Max Kepler (hamstring) and Willians Astudillo (bruised hand) needed to make early exits on account of harm, whereas supervisor Rocco Baldelli informed Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and different reporters that Kenta Maeda was attempting to struggle by way of some minor groin tightness that developed throughout the recreation.

Astudillo was hit by a pitch within the second inning and remained within the recreation earlier than being changed at catcher previous to the highest of the fourth.  Kepler’s harm occurred throughout the eighth inning, when he doubled after which superior to 3rd on a wild pitch earlier than scoring on an Andrelton Simmons residence run.  Each gamers are being evaluated, whereas Maeda’s downside appears to be considerably minor and maybe the least-serious of the three accidents.

Extra from each the AL and NL Central…

  • Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill is day-to-day after struggling a sprained left center finger in tonight’s 5-3 St. Louis loss to the Padres.  O’Neill damage his finger whereas stealing second base within the sixth inning, and remained within the subject for the underside half of the inning earlier than being changed previous to the underside half of the seventh.  O’Neill has already frolicked on the injured record on account of a groin harm this season, and he has hit .250/.290/.530 with eight residence runs over 107 PA.  Regardless of the low OBP and an ungainly 32.7% strikeout charge, O’Neill has been an total productive (122 wRC+) hitter because of his massive energy and loads of laborious contact.  The defending Gold Glove winner can be nonetheless offering very stable protection in left subject.
  • Adam Engel has missed the complete season on account of a hamstring pressure however might be nearing a rehab task, White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa informed MLB.com’s Scott Merkin and different reporters.  Engel “definitely is wanting extra like himself” in exercises, in line with La Russa, and “so far as the bodily attending to one hundred pc, I believe he’s both there or very shut.”  Engel’s return can be welcome information to an injury-plagued Chicago outfield, significantly if Engel can mix his regular robust glovework with the offensive enchancment (.295/.333/.477 in 93 PA) he confirmed within the 2020 marketing campaign.
  • Matt Duffy has been a stable contributor for the Cubs, hitting .284/.379/.370 over 95 plate appearances whereas getting the majority of third base enjoying time since Kris Bryant has been commonly deployed within the outfield.  In line with The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma, Duffy has lengthy been on the Cubs’ radar, because the workforce tried to land Duffy each within the 2019-20 offseason and final summer season, earlier than Duffy as a substitute inked minor league contracts with the Rangers within the winter after which the Yankees after Texas launched him earlier than the season.  Duffy didn’t find yourself seeing any MLB motion in 2020, and his agent Paul Cohen tells Mooney and Sharma that “I most likely had half a dozen groups attain out to me: ’Would [Duffy] be desirous about becoming a member of our entrance workplace or our teaching employees?’  That’s the type of impression this man has made by way of his travels.”

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