The Twins have placed RHP Jake Odorizzi on the 10-day injured list due to a chest contusion, reports Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic. He’ll be joined by Zack Littell, who’s dealing with elbow inflammation. Meanwhile, Homer Bailey has been transferred to the 45-day injured list after a case of tendinitis in his throwing arm landed him on the IL in early August. Righty Sean Poppen and lefty Danny Coulombe were added to the active roster.
Odorizzi was forced out of last night’s matchup with the Royals in the fourth inning after sustaining a line drive to the chest off the bat of Alex Gordon. Per Statcast, the ball was hit at 103.2 mph off the bat, and Odorizzi would later tell reporters that he was having some trouble moving around and catching his breath.
It’s a tough break for Odorizzi, who was making just his third start of the season after dealing with an intercostal strain earlier this year. He’s struggled to get going in 2020, surrendering 9 runs in 10 innings and allowing a home run in each of his starts.
Hopefully, several days of rest will allow Odorizzi to get back to full health without having to spend more than the requisite 10 days on the shelf.
But with Odorizzi out of commission for the time being and Bailey’s injury keeping him out of action for longer than expected, the Twins may be pressed to more aggressively pursue starting pitching in the days leading up to the August 31 trade deadline. Minnesota shouldn’t be in panic mode with Randy Dobnak showing some potential and Michael Pineda not far off a return from suspension, but an upgrade certainly couldn’t hurt. We’ll have to wait to see which names are available and just how active the trade market is, but the Twins are one of the teams that could benefit most from an additional starter.
And I thought the Rangers rotation was hurt due to injury… man. At least y’all have a killer offense.
Damn Odorizzi. An 8.10 ERA, -0.6 WAR. So many pitchers are just getting blown up this year. It makes me terrified for the first Cole Hamels start.
This has been a train wreck of a season.
Yes it has. I would say something like they should have given greater time for players to ramp up, especially pitchers even if it sacrificed 10 games from the regular season but then, so much has gone wrong it’s difficult to just tap one thing and think it will fix everything.
I can’t Vouch for other teams, but Mike Minor (when he is “bad”) has around a 4 era, which is still fine, but this season he is getting torn apart, and he just can’t get a grip… literally. That’s what he said.
Jesse Chavez has also been a fairly bad reliever over the past year/year and a half. But now he ranks in like the 4th percentile in all stats… god awful.
All because of how people handled their ramp up.
Huh..he can’t get a grip on the ball? He literally said that? It’s noteworthy to me if he really said that because a Braves pitcher who has been struggling said the very same thing. He can’t get a good grip on the ball. He said it had to do with using the wet rag as opposed to using saliva
Yeah he said that after his last start, where he got blown up… yet again. He says he feels healthy, and competitive, but his grip just doesn’t feel right.
If you want to go full conspiracy theory, here’s one: MLB juiced the balls last season by cutting back drag on the ball, they did that by making the laces a little shorter. Having shorter laces would make you HAVE to grip the ball differently, even if you held it the same way as before. I don’t know why taller laces would hurt him (it should make the ball break better), but maybe that’s it? I don’t know, but what I do know is that he can’t get a grip.
Meanwhile, Big Sexy is at home in his back yard, roasting a pig……
Hope the wife remembers which is which…..
I know Pineda’s coming back soon, but I wouldn’t mind adding another starter, especially a high upside arm like Ray or Eovaldi.