The Twins are in a holding pattern right now as they wait to see whether the cortisone shot Alex Kirilloff received on Friday has helped quell his wrist pain enough so that the rookie can rehab and return.
The next step is seeing how he feels when he swings the bat. That, manager Rocco Baldelli said, should come “probably (in) a matter of days.”
Officially, the Twins have called it a right wrist sprain. Baldelli said they were told that Kirilloff’s specific injury was something that “sometimes guys can play with … and sometimes guys truly cannot.”
And if Kirilloff is one of the latter, then what would happen?
“If it’s an unplayable situation for Alex, I think having surgery is an option,” Baldelli said. “I think that’s something that we know and that we would get into if the time came.”
The Twins of course hope to avoid that option and for now, talk of surgery is a long way off. Once he starts swinging a bat, that will tell them “a pretty good amount” about what comes next, Baldelli said.
“Right now we’re going to continue to just let him rest and begin to test this out and see where he’s at,” Baldelli said. “We’re several steps away, I think, from many any type of decision. And Alex seems to be doing all right. I mean just chatting with him, asking how he’s feeling, he seems to be doing OK right now.”
Twins make bullpen move
The Twins optioned Cody Stashak for the second time this year on Saturday, sending him to Triple-A and purchasing the contract of Derek Law, who had a rocky outing in his Twins’ debut later in the day.
To make room for Law on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated Travis Blankenhorn for assignment. Blankenhorn had played in one game for the Twins this season, making a costly error in their 13-12 extra-inning loss in Oakland last month.
In 12 games this season, Stashak had an 8.44 earned-run average, struggling uncharacteristically with his control. After walking just four batters in his first 40 innings in the majors, Stashak has now walked seven batters in 10 2/3 innings this year.
“I think Shak’s command and just general feel has been a little off so far this year,” manager Rocco Baldelli said earlier in the week. “I don’t think it’s wrong to acknowledge that. He’s working mainly mechanically probably more subtle adjustments, things with Pete and Wes to get him in a spot where he regains that feel.”
Stashak served up a three-run blast in the Twins’ 7-3 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Shortly before the home run, he issued a four-pitch walk to Miguel Cabrera, and all four pitches were well above the strike zone.
Law, a 30-year-old right-hander, has pitched in parts of four seasons in the majors, though not since 2019. In eight innings pitched this spring, he did not allow a run, striking out 13 while giving up just three hits. He’s made one scoreless appearance for the Triple-A Saints this season.
But Saturday’s outing did not go well for him. The Twins called upon Law with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning against Detroit. Law gave up two hits and issued two walks before getting out of the inning. Four runs had scored by the time he left the mound. He walked another batter and gave up another hit in the eighth inning but got through it without being scored upon.
Mitch Garver, who is dealing with shoulder soreness, was out of the starting lineup on Saturday but Baldelli said Garver was “adamant,” that he would be able to play on Sunday. Garver did pinch hit during Saturday’s 7-3 loss to the Tigers. … Luis Arraez (concussion) has progressed to light baseball activity, Baldelli said. … Brandon Waddell, who was designated for assignment on Friday, was picked up off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles and optioned to Triple-A.