As if a trip to Baltimore wasn’t cruel enough for the twins.
On Monday, Rob Refsnider ran into the outfield wall at full speed, and the Twins were forced to put him on a seven-day concussion list two days later.
On Tuesday, Mitch Garver took a misplaced tip in the groin that required a surgery that would sideline the hot-hitting catcher for weeks — at least. Starter Michael Pineda also noted a stiffness in his forearm, which caused him a 7–4 loss to the team with the worst record in Major League Baseball.
And on Wednesday, Caleb Thielbar left the Orioles with a mild left groin strain in a 6-3 loss to the Twins, yet another injury for a team that could hardly afford to lose more players. After sweeping the Orioles a week earlier, the Twins walked out of the Orioles Park at Camden Yards somehow with even more injuries and two more losses to their record.
Starter Randy Dobnak, who worked a base-loaded, no outside position exit in the first innings, conceded three runs in his 5 2/3-inning attempt, after the batsman walked away with two outs in the fifth innings. Come and then give DJ Stewart a two-run home run.
The Orioles dealt another blow in the seventh inning. Thielbar, who walked off the mound with assistant athletic trainer Matt Biancuzzo after two dismissals in the frame, was replaced by Alexander Colomé, who blasted Ryan Mountcastle for three runs.
The Twins managed six hits in the loss, two coming from Ryan Jeffers, who was called on Wednesday to replace Garver on the roster. Jeffers made home in his first at-bat and tripled in his third, bringing home Nick Gordon in the eighth inning.
A Jorge Polanco sacrifice fly followed and the twins raced to tie at base for designated hitter Nelson Cruz after the outside pair drew, but Cruz popped up to end the threat.
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