MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins already have plenty of players dealing with injures and that list grew by two on Saturday.
The team placed first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list because of right thumb inflammation and recalled outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. from Triple-A Rochester. Wade started in left field but suffered a dislocated right thumb in the sixth inning when he crashed into the fence at Target Field. He also was headed to the 10-day injured list, manager Rocco Baldelli said after the game.
Cron was put on the IL after finishing Friday night’s game with a pair of hits, but in an ideal world he would not have been on the field.
“He got the two hits late in the game yesterday, it’s a very surface level way of looking at it. He got two hits, therefore he shouldn’t be — there were times earlier in that game where he did not look like himself at all swinging the bat,” Baldelli said Saturday morning. “Truthfully, if we had a roster full of guys that could play and we had the ability get him out of the game without fear of not being able to finish the game position player-wise he might’ve come out before the game ended.”
Baldelli did not say when the thumb started bothering Cron, but did seem to insinuate that the injury could be more serious than just a bruise.
“Yeah, that’s something that has been going on for a little while. This is not a typical bruised thumb or anything like that,” Baldelli said. “Hitters, you get jammed one day, you end up, honestly with a pretty sore thumb. It’s ginger, you want to do things delicately and all that. This goes a little bit beyond that. It’s something that we’re all in agreement that this is something that needs a little time.
“This could be something that, in some way, shape, or form lingers for a little while. These aren’t the kinds of things that just go away after a few days. But I do think we can make some significant progress — and our medical staff thinks the same — by giving him a week and a half off. Just giving that thumb a break because it needs a little break right now.”
After Saturday’s game, Baldelli said the MRI tests on Cron’s thumb showed what the Twins’ doctors expected. “It’s inflamed and there’s some action going on in there but nothing unexpected, which was pretty good news,” Baldelli said. “We think when he’s eligible to come off, he probably will be able to come off soon after.”
Cron is hitting .266 with 18 doubles, 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 78 games this season. Wade, who was optioned to Rochester last Saturday after appearing in one game for the Twins, had hit .246 with 12 doubles and five home runs in 77 games with the Red Wings.
Wade was injured as he raced to try to try to catch Elvis Andrus’ home run to lead off the inning. Center fielder Byron Buxton immediately signaled for Twins’ athletic trainer Tony Leo to come out and check on Wade.
Wade will be placed on the 10-day injured list and the Twins will recall outfielder Jake Cave for Sunday’s game against the Rangers. Wade had his thumb in a split after the game and will miss more than 10 days.
Cron and Wade join utilityman Willians Astudillo (left oblique strain); left fielder Eddie Rosario (left ankle sprain); and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (right middle finger blister) on the injured list. Odorizzi was scheduled to be on the AL roster for the All-Star Game on Tuesday but has been replaced by teammate Jose Berrios.
The good news for the Twins is the All-Star break, which begins Monday, will give them four days to rest.