Twins Place Tyler Mahle On 15-Day Injured List

In his first start back from the injured list, Taylor Mahler It lasted only two innings before leaving last night’s game due to inflammation in his right shoulder.As a result, Mahler was sent back to IL for 15 days, left-handed Giovanni Moran Recalled from Triple-A. Moran was selected as a triple-A only yesterday as a corresponding move to activate Mahler.

Shoulder inflammation was the reason Mahler previously worked in IL, and he also missed three weeks in July with a strained right shoulder. Mahler has played in just six games and threw 28 1/3 innings since July 3, and his last four starts were in Minnesota after being acquired by the Reds at the trade deadline.

The Twins expect Mahler to push the rotation a lot the rest of the way, posting at least a 2.51 ERA in his first three games in a Minnesota uniform (the Twins won all three). However, given his recurring shoulder issues, it’s only fair to say whether Mahler’s season will be threatened.

Twins Manager Rocco Baldley Told reporters yesterday (including MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park) that Mahler will have more inspections today and hinted at another IL job on the horizon,”What does it mean to move forward? Nobody knows the answer to this question.I won’t close his book, this season, pitching for us,” Bardelli said.

As Parker said, Mahler’s start yesterday had several similarities to his August 17 start before his last visit to Illinois. In both games, Mahler’s pace dropped, and he only took 37 throws. The difference is that on Aug. 17, Mahler still managed to keep the Royals scoreless in 2 1/3 innings, while the White Sox scored four points in Mahler’s two-inning game yesterday to 13- 0 Chicago wins.

That loss dropped the Twins to 6-9 in their last 15 games. Despite losing (37-43) since the start of June, Minnesota is only one game behind the Guards with the AL Central leading, while the White Sox are third. A division title might be the Twins’ best path to the playoffs, as the Twins trail five games behind in the final wild-card spot.

Making the playoffs will be more difficult without Mahler, who is now the 17th player on the Twins’ extensive injured list.This list includes several notable regulars (i.e. byron buxton, Jorge Polanco, Ryan Jeffers, Trevor Lanark) is tentatively slated to return in September, but the Twins can’t afford to be without such key personnel for so long.

Sonny Gray Leaving his starter on Friday due to a tight hamstring was also a question mark, as Baldley said Gray would have to go through bullpen training and pass other tests before being allowed to make his next start. Gray is tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday’s game against the Yankees in Minnesota, but if he can’t pitch, the rotation will be even more understaffed.

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