Oswaldo Arcia has provided some glimpses of what a baseball season without 90 losses could look like in a few years. There’s thunder in his bat, and he doesn’t appear to fear anyone. All you want to do is watch him swing.
But the rookie might not be able to do that over the final days of this long, losing season. Arcia on Wednesday went for an MRI exam on his bruised right knee two days after banging it off Target Field’s unforgiving wall. The MRI came back showing no structural damage, and he’s listed as day-to-day.
“He’s actually feeling better today and wanted to go out there and horse around in the outfield,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “But they wanted to go do this and make sure everything is sound.”
Arcia, 22, is batting .254 with 14 homers and 43 RBI. On Sunday, he tied the Twins’ rookie record for RBI in a game when he drove in six of the Twins’ seven runs in a loss to Oakland. He could develop into a middle-of-the-order force, but it will take time. He also has to work on his defense, and he committed a baserunning gaffe Sunday.
The Twins would like to see him in the lineup before Sunday’s finale, but his knee must be sound.
Gardenhire announced that righthander Mike Pelfrey will not pitch again this season. Pelfrey, who had Tommy John surgery in April of 2012, pitched 152⅔ innings in his first season back and the Twins felt that was enough. He went 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA.
He pitched well at times, but wasn’t efficient at others. He has made it clear that he would like to return next season, but probably would ask for more than the $4 million he made in 2013.
Outfielder Josh Willingham was held out of the starting lineup after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
“He did not have much success [Tuesday],” Gardenhire said. “I think he was a little devastated. He didn’t take too good of swings. He was a little flustered and I could see that.”
Willingham is batting .188 since returning to the lineup following knee surgery.
Leyland backs Gardy
A report in the Chicago Tribune suggested that the Chicago Cubs would be interested in Gardenhire if he became available. Ryan has said any announcement concerning Gardenhire would take place soon after the end of the season, but it’s not surprising there would be interest in a manager with Gardenhire’s résumé.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland has long been a Gardenhire supporter and spoke for him once again Wednesday.
“I think he’s the best manager in the league. I’ve been on the record in saying that. And I still think that,” Leyland said. “He runs a great game, and he’s a great people person. I have the utmost respect for Ron, and I think he does a terrific job. When he’s got the cards, he plays ’em as good as anybody.”
|Boston||8||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Oklahoma City||66||3rd Qtr 5:00|
|Calgary||3||2nd OT :00|
|Toronto||1||3rd Prd 10:51|
|Dallas||2||3rd Prd 9:21|
|NY Islanders||2||3rd Prd|
|Fla Gulf Coast||62|
|Norfolk State||74||2nd Half 0:53|
|Savannah State||36||2nd Half 11:00|
|Southern Miss||49||2nd Half 2:29|
|Marshall||48||2nd Half 0:56|
|Rice||75||2nd Half 0:09|
|South Alabama||57||2nd Half 16:46|
|Alabama State||34||2nd Half|
|Alabama A&M||28||2nd Half|
|Sam Houston St||32||2nd Half|
|Georgia State||43||2nd Half 8:18|
|Central Arkansas||35||2nd Half 13:48|
|Portland State||31||2nd Half 15:22|
|Southern U||27||1st Half 4:22|
|Alcorn State||30||2nd Half|
|Houston Baptist||35||2nd Half 17:20|
|Ark-Little Rock||27||2nd Half|
|SE Louisiana||34||1st Half 0:07|
|California||18||1st Half 4:24|
|Memphis||26||1st Half 1:39|
|VA Commonwealth||18||1st Half 3:30|
|Miss Valley St||0|
|Sacramento St||36||2nd Half|
|Northwestern St||30||1st Half 3:40|
|Stephen F Austin||43|
|North Texas||22||2nd Half|
|Idaho||25||1st Half 3:27|
|Abilene Christian||11||1st Half 8:30|
|Eastern Wash||41||2nd Half|
|Marist||29||1st Half 6:07|
|Eastern Ill||9||1st Half 11:18|
|Bradley||5||1st Half 14:13|
|Cal State Fullerton||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach State|
|UC Riverside||9:00 PM|
|(18) Texas A&M||57|
|East Tenn St||73|
|Sam Houston St||73||FINAL|
|Stephen F Austin||56|
|Miss Valley St||0|
|Georgia Tech||45||2nd Half 12:14|
|(15) North Carolina||52|
|Presbyterian||37||2nd Half 13:43|
|Charlotte||60||2nd Half 3:54|
|Texas-El Paso||61||2nd Half 1:54|
|Wichita State||77||2nd Half 0:56|
|Loyola-Chicago||60||2nd Half 0:53|
|Bradley||70||2nd Half 1:10|
|Vanderbilt||28||2nd Half 18:09|
|Colorado||28||1st Half 4:26|
|San Francisco||39||1st Half 2:17|
|Idaho State||25||1st Half 0:20|
|Weber State||18||1st Half 3:56|
|Purdue||15||1st Half 11:08|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Long Beach St||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|UC Davis||9:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||9:00 PM|
|Southern Utah||9:00 PM|
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