COMMENTARY | The Minnesota Twins have been able to steer clear of the injury bug for most of the first part of the season. Fans remember how having several players on the disabled list crippled the past two seasons, and that has to be considered a positive in what has been an underwhelming start.
The Twins still have a couple players on the disabled list who can help on the active roster, but it's just a matter of them returning to health.
De Vries won a spot in the Twins' rotation during spring training, but went down before making a start due to a right forearm strain.
After 50 days on the disabled list, De Vries was activated on May 19 and was immediately optioned to Triple-A Rochester. While that has to be disheartening for the Minnesota native, it's likely Twins fans will see him back in the major leagues in the near future.
As the team's rotation continues to struggle they'll have to consider giving De Vries, one of the more effective starters on last year's staff, a shot to stop the bleeding.
RP Tim Wood
Wood was signed to a big-league deal by the Twins last winter after two years in Pittsburgh, but he has yet to pitch with the team after suffering a strained right rotator cuff.
His rehab assignment at the beginning of the month didn't go well as Wood posted an 8.68 ERA in nine innings between Low-A Fort Myers and Triple-A Rochester. He underwent a full arthrogram in Rochester on May 15 that revealed the shoulder was clean.
Wood traveled back to the Twin Cities to have Twins physicians look at the shoulder, and they gave him the dreaded "rest and rehab" tag a couple days later that has doomed several of the team's pitchers in the past.
There is currently no timetable for his return, and the recent events suggest that he won't be making his Twins debut anytime soon.
Mastroianni entered spring training as the main challenger to Aaron Hicks for the starting center field job, but he lost due to what became a stress fracture in his right ankle.
It initially looked as if Mastroianni was set for an early-May return after going on the disabled list on April 17 but after an MRI revealed there was a bone chip, he had surgery that will keep him out until mid-July.
That's an interesting situation for the Twins, who have few reliable options in center field.
Aaron Hicks has struggled with a .144 batting average heading into Tuesday, and fellow prospect Joe Benson is not an upgrade as he is hitting .190 at Triple-A Rochester. It would have been nice to have somebody push the young players for playing time, but, for now, the Twins will have to use what they have until Mastroianni fully heals.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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