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Shoulder fatigue lands veteran starter Rich Hill on 10-day injured list

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Minnesota Twins pitcher Rich Hill throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins’ injury concerns grew by one on Monday night when lefthanded pitcher Rich Hill was placed on the 10-day injured list because of shoulder fatigue. Hill had been scheduled to start on Tuesday afternoon against Pittsburgh at Target Field, but he was scratched from that assignment before Minnesota’ 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday.

Hill joins starters Homer Bailey and Jake Odorizzi on the sideline. Bailey was placed on the 10-day IL on Sunday because of right biceps tendinitis, and Odorizzi has yet to pitch this season because of a right intercostal strain.

The Twins originally were planning to have Hill start the second game of the season against the White Sox in Chicago but replaced him with Randy Dobnak. Hill, 40, gave up no runs, two hits, a walk and struck out two in a 3-0 victory over St. Louis last Wednesday in his first start of the season. Hill said afterward that he did not start the previous weekend because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Hill then experienced mild back soreness in his first start against the Cardinals.

Hill signed with the Twins last December after undergoing elbow surgery in the fall. He pitched last season with the Dodgers and began spring training expecting to miss the first three-plus months of this season before it was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Twins had lefthander Lewis Thorpe start Monday. The team also activated lefthanded reliever Caleb Thielbar and optioned outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr.

The Twins’ starting rotation over the next three days is expected to be Jose Berrios, Dobnak and Kenta Maeda. Odorizzi also appears close to joining the rotation and could get a start this weekend against the Royals in Kansas City.

The Twins’ injury issues extend beyond pitching. Third baseman Josh Donaldson missed a third consecutive game on Monday because of a right calf injury that forced him to leave Friday’s game against Cleveland in the second inning. Marwin Gonzalez made a third consecutive start at third base in the opening of a four-game series against the Pirates that will feature two games at Target Field and two in Pittsburgh.