MINNEAPOLIS – While several Twins players and coaches took to the pitch for on-court training on Monday afternoon, Byron Buxton also emerged from the bench on the blue towel around the batting training cage. He joked with some teammates, laughed at something and rushed to the center of the pitch
MINNEAPOLIS – While various Twins players and coaches took to the pitch for Monday afternoon’s on-pitch training,
After a short shower he stopped the practice,
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Buxton and Donaldson’s active participation is a step in the right direction for the Twins one day before the start of the three-game Wild Card Series against the Astros. After the star duo missed their final two games of the regular season due to injuries sustained during Friday’s game against the Reds, their return to the starting line-up would have been a necessary boost for the Bomba team.
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“We just want to learn as much as possible before going ahead and putting something on stone, but it has been a relatively good day for both guys,” said coach Rocco Baldelli.
Buxton also took a few swinging in the cage, Baldelli said, in addition to the fucks he got on the outfield. Donaldson’s real test came later in training, when he stepped onto the first baseline and shallow right field with Chief Athletic Trainer Michael Salazar and Strength and Conditioning Director Ian Kadish to play fetch and testing the mobility of his legs for the first time since his injury.
Buxton was removed from Friday’s game after being hit by a helmet throw and sustaining a bruise to his head and mild concussion symptoms as a result. Donaldson was pulled after his right calf had a cramp, the same muscle he strained earlier in the year.
However, Baldelli cautioned, no final decisions had yet been made regarding the club’s roster for the Wild Card Series before Tuesday’s CT deadline at 10am. The twins will likely use all that time to make last-second decisions on the roster.
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“We won’t be able to get into anything, because frankly, we’ll learn even more in the second half of today and maybe in the morning,” Baldelli said.
Recent injury stories from Donaldson, Buxton, and Luis Arraez (left knee tendonitis, left ankle sprain) may force the twins to include more depth on their Wild Card Series roster. Jake Cave could act as insurance for Buxton and Marwin Gonzalez can replace both third and second baseman, but the absence of LaMonte Wade Jr., who was chosen for the alternate training site on Saturday, could also persuade Gonzalez to play a external backup service.
This would leave Ehire Adrianza as the twins’ only true depth of field, which could lead to the addition of Willians Astudillo or Travis Blankenhorn.
It all depends on what the twins are watching on Tuesday morning.
Twins forgetting the 2017 Astros story
The twins have two prominent members of the 2017 Dodgers squad who left the controversial World Series to the Astros in Rich Hill and Race 1 owner Kenta Maeda. Much of that Houston core is still intact in the 2020 club that will face Maeda in today’s opening.
But Maeda and the rest of the twins don’t care at all. Their focus is not on history; it’s about the opportunity in front of them.
“Not really,” Maeda said. “I try not to let anything in the past affect what’s going on right now. I’m no longer with the Dodgers. Now I’m a twin. I think my main focus right now is to get out and throw well to help win my team. team “.
Baldelli noted that he had not thought about it in any way in his preparation for the Wild Card Series, and added that he had not heard his players discuss it in the clubhouse. The 2017 Astros are not as important to them as the ’20 group taking the field in Minneapolis.
“That’s what it is at this point,” said Tyler Duffey. “We can’t worry about that. We can’t go out there and try to train the kids in a post-season game. We have to play baseball. We have to win games. This is what’s going to happen to. I can say enough – we stayed within ourselves and stepped forward each other. “
Do-Hyoung Park covers the twins for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark and on Instagram at dohyoung.park.