A few days ago Corey Hart admitted that his foot problems are “not going to go away” and today the Brewers first baseman suffered an apparent setback during a pregame baserunning session.
Hart, who’s out of the lineup today for the sixth straight game with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that “it didn’t go as planned.”
Hart didn’t rule out returning to the lineup Tuesday, but called his current status “a little frustrating” and indicated that he’s nowhere near full strength. McCalvy reports that Hart may get an anti-inflammatory injection, but at this point he’s seemingly no sure thing to play again this season.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.