5 Thoughts: Prospect's home run surge, a walk-off leader & Twins starting rotation remnants
What started as a fun week of baseball for the Twins gave way to a bummer of a weekend in New York and a game postponed because of a hurricane.
This column presents 5 Thoughts on the Twins after a tale of two series…
1) Kenta Maeda had an MRI over the weekend, the latest blow to the Twins’ starting rotation.
Kenta Maeda was struggling with his command in a bad way Saturday against the Yankees, immediately preceding getting lifted from the game. His 5th inning at Yankee Stadium went: deep lineout, double, single, 3-0 hit by pitch, wild pitch to plate a run, 3 balls to Aaron Judge and a gesture toward the dugout as if to say ‘I’m fine.’
That’s the point he was taken from the game. Afterwards manager Rocco Baldelli said that Maeda was feeling some tightness in his forearm, and noted that Kenta has been dealing with injuries throughout this year. This one rose to the level of needing an MRI for reassurances at minimum, and as of Sunday the Twins’ medical team was still interpreting the results of that scan.
And remember, the Twins had sort of backed themselves into back-to-back bullpen days because they wanted to give Maeda a lit…