Just when it looked like the Twins might be getting some positive news on the health front with Joe Mauer finally catching in extended spring training the team announced that Jim Thome and Jason Kubel are the latest members of the injury wrecked lineup to be placed on the disabled list.
Thome and Kubel join Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka as hitters on the DL, with Ben Revere and Luke Hughes coming up from Triple-A to replace them, which leaves the Twins with the following lineup for tonight’s game against the Royals:
Denard Span, CF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Justin Morneau, DH
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Danny Valencia, 3B
Delmon Young, LF
Ben Revere, RF
Rene Rivera, C
Matt Tolbert, SS
Yuck. All nine of those hitters have a slugging percentage below .400 and Span is the only hitter with an on-base percentage above .325.
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.
Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.
Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.