SUBSCRIBE NOW Just 99¢ for your first month

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Baldelli, Arraez return from Twins’ COVID-19 list

Manager, infielder had been out since May 5

MLB: Game One-Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins left fielder Mark Contreras (55) slides into third base from first on a single by right fielder Alex Kirilloff (not pictured) against the Houston Astros in the first game of their doubleheader Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Bruce Kluckhohn / USA Today Sports
We are part of The Trust Project.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and infielder Luis Arraez were back for the Twins on Thursday after missing five games on the team’s COVID-19 injured list.

Baldelli managed both of Thursday’s games against the Astros, and Arraez played first base in the second after being officially activated from the IL.

Baldelli, Arraez and pitcher Dylan Bundy spent three days quarantined in the Baltimore Four Seasons before flying back to Minnesota on a small medical plane Sunday. The manager said he suspected they were infected during a three-game series at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field.

“It’s hard not to think the Trop was the spot,” he said. “And there were a lot of people there not feeling well when we were there.”

MORE MINNESOTA TWINS COVERAGE:
Pro
Through roughly one quarter of the 2022 season, teams are hitting a combined .238, second-lowest all time
Pro
The left-hander gave up just two hits and a walk and struck out six in seven shutout innings in a 3-2 loss
Pro
The rookie right-hander is officially the hardest-throwing Twins pitcher, ever, but he’ll do more than close games
Pro
As long as Buxton is available in September or October, a scheduled day off in May or June shouldn’t be an issue.
Pro
Detroit’s 4-2, 10-inning victory snapped a six-game winning streak and dropped Minnesota to 14-4 in division games
Pro
Smeltzer is scheduled to pitch Thursday’s series opener against Kansas City
Pro
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins’ winning streak has featured a little bit of everything.
Pro
The right fielder in a grand slam in the first and walked and scored the winning run in the ninth
Pro
Since being optioned back to St. Paul, the shortstop has played games at third base and in left field
Pro
The Twins rallied for five runs in the eighth inning and added another pair of runs in the ninth inning, turning that six-run deficit into one of their best wins of the season.

The Cleveland Guardians, due in Minnesota on Friday for a three-game weekend series at Target Field, had their Wednesday game against the White Sox in Chicago postponed because of multiple positive COVID tests.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We’re just planning on playing,” Baldelli said. “You wish you didn’t have to deal with that after coming back, and I know Oakland was dealing with some things, I think, staff-wise, as well. I think the reality is there’s going to be a lot of teams dealing with this moving forward.”

To make room for Arraez on the 26-man active roster, the Twins optioned catcher José Godoy to Triple-A St. Paul. The team also transferred Chris Paddack from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.

Rare feat

Nick Gordon did something you don’t see often on Thursday.

After pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Game 1, he made a highlight reel in center field in the second inning, laying out for a diving catch to rob Jose Altuve of at least a double with two on in the second inning.

MLB: Game One-Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Nick Gordon throws to the Houston Astros in the ninth inning of the first game of their doubleheader on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Target Field in Minneapolis. Normally Gordon works as a position player.
Bruce Kluckhohn / USA Today Sports

Big league debuts

Although on the mound and ready to go on Wednesday, Yennier Cano had to wait a little longer to make his major league debut. He pitched the first 2.3 innings of a resumed game on Thursday as Houston completed an 11-3 victory that was suspended after three innings because of Wednesday night’s violent storms.

Cano, 28, pitched two 1-2-3 innings before giving up a solo home run to Kyle Tucker to start the sixth. He left after allowing singles to Jose Siri and Martin Maldonado, both of whom scored after Cano was replaced by Cody Stashak.

Outfielder Mark Contreras also made his big league debut, starting Thursday’s first game in left field. He hit a sacrifice fly in his first major league at-bat and scored a run after reaching on an error in the seventh.

ADVERTISEMENT

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

Related Topics: MINNESOTA TWINSBASEBALL
What to read next
Pro
Shortstop hits first home run since May 4 as Twins snap two-game skid
Pro
Aurora benefited from a Green Bay Glory own goal early in the second half and Green Bay earned an equalizing goal in the 89th minute for a 1-1 draw.
Pro
The 2015, 2017 and 2018 NBA champs earned the right to go for a another title in the best-of-seven NBA Finals, which will open in San Francisco on June 2.
Pro
Dantzler hopes his offseason work will get him back to being a regular starter. As a rookie in 2020, Dantzler started 10 of the 11 games he played but only started seven games in 2021