UPDATE: Miguel Sano, hit on the left wrist last night by a Josh Fields pitch, was scratched from the Twins’ lineup after batting practice on Tuesday. His absence means Eduardo Escobar will move over to third base and move up to Sano’s cleanup spot, with Jorge Polanco entering the lineup at shortstop. No word yet on the severity of Sano’s injury.
LOS ANGELES — Zack Granite remains in the major leagues, and in fact will bat second in the Twins’ lineup tonight. That wasn’t the plan, since Byron Buxton is eligible to come off the disabled list today, his strained groin now healed.
But Buxton was stricken with migraine headaches on Monday, a condition so painful and debilitating, he was sent back to the team hotel before Monday’s game began. The center fielder’s condition was serious enough that manager Paul Molitor and the Twins’ front office decided to wait another day or two until the 23-year-old outfielder has had a chance to work out on the field a couple of times.
“I think he’s feeling a little bit better today,” Molitor said. “I’m interested to see how much he gets done in terms of practice. But being on the DL, there’s just not an urgency to force that today. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
In the meantime, Granite, 8-for-17 (.471) in his last five games, will remain on the roster and in center field. Molitor has made it clear that he would like to find a way to keep Granite on the roster, but it doesn’t seem likely as long as the Twins carry 13 pitchers.
Jaime Garcia arrived today and threw a short bullpen session as he awaits his first start as a Twin, scheduled for Friday in Oakland.
Here are the (updated) lineups for the second game of three at Dodger Stadium: