An MRI of Adalberto Mejia's left shoulder revealed inflammation but no other damage. The lefthander was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with a left arm brachials strain. And that will be the last time I write that word.
Twins manager Paul Molitor gave Mejia credit for not trying to push through the soreness, which could have led to something worse. He also mentioned Mejia showing signs of fatigue, which was interesting. Last year, Mejia threw a career-high 134.1 innings for four different clubs, and the Twins said he wore down late in the season. He's thrown 107.1 innings so far this season.
The Twins have not made up their minds on a starter for Sunday to replace Mejia, but Dillon Gee sure looks like an inviting option after pitching well on Tuesday. Lefthander Hector Santiago could have been in the mix, but he gave up three earned runs over 41/3 innings this afternoon while pitching for Class AAA Rochester in a 12-3 loss to Columbus. Santiago gave up two hits and walked SIX while striking out four.
"I wanted him to take that turn today given the fact that we are still trying to get him back to what we know he can be in terms of arms strength," Molitor said. "Him pitching today eliminated him, in my mind, for Sunday just because it would have been three days of rest."
Kennys Vargas has joined the Twins after being called up from Rochester to replace Mejia on the roster. It gives Molitor another bat to choose from the bench. With two complete games thrown during the homestand and an off-day coming up on Monday, Molitor felt comfortable going with a hitter over another pitcher.
Twins are going for their sixth four-game winning streak of the season, tying their longest streak. They done it five times.
Brian Dozier, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, LF
Eddie Rosario, Lf
Byron Buxton, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Chris Gimenez, C
Bartolo Colon, RHP
Nice challenge for Max Kepler and Eddie Rosari, as Woodruff throws 94-95 miles per hour with a good slider.