MINNEAPOLIS -- Deadline acquisition Sam Dyson was shelved Sunday, Aug. 4, for at least 10 days for an issue manager Rocco Baldelli said he had “probably been dealing with for a little bit.”
The Twins put Dyson, who was diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis, on the injured list. The reliever had recorded two shaky outings since being traded to Minnesota from San Francisco on July 31.
In his Twins debut in Miami on Thursday, Dyson gave up three runs on two walks and two hits without recording an out. A day later against Kansas City, he gave up three runs on four hits, securing just two outs. It was after that outing that Baldelli found out about his arm issues.
“Every pitcher goes through some maintenance through the course of the year,” chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. “Sam was pitching right up until the deadline and had been dealing with some soreness that probably a lot of the pitchers in that room are going to deal with. He didn’t have any open injuries, and from our medical review and otherwise, we felt good about where he was.”
Still, he admitted some surprise that Dyson came in and was “more sore than … expected.” Falvey said they would have a period of shutdown for treatment. They are hopeful that in 10 to 12 days, they will have a pretty good idea of where they are at in regards to a return date.
“Our job is to get Sam on the field and healthy and feeling good and ready to go. That’s really what I focus my attention on. Can I speak to any of the specifics? No. Do I know all of the specifics as far as all the details as far as exactly how he was feeling the day he showed up? No,” Baldelli said. “You don’t get into extended conversations. Sam said he was good to go and ready to pitch. He’s a gamer.”
Pineda, Buxton talk injuries
Both Byron Buxton and Michael Pineda seemed upbeat in their meetings with the media a day after they were placed on the IL. Pineda (triceps tendinitis) expressed optimism that 10 days would be enough time for him to recover. In his place, the Twins called up Devin Smelzter, who started on Sunday.
“Every time you pitch, the day after, you feel sore. So 100 percent, you’re going to feel sore,” Pineda said. “After my start, I felt a little bit sore, but it was normal sore. It usually recovers quickly in two days. But it started to feel like I’m not going to recover in two days, and you say, ‘Oh, I feel a little bit tight in my forearm.’ And they checked it out and said, ‘OK. Just take a couple of days off.’”
Buxton (shoulder subluxation) said he knew something happened when he hit the wall Thursday in Miami but thought it was more soreness or a strain. During the play, he said he thought he had more room in a spacious Marlins Park center field than he actually did.
After it happened, he looked at Max Kepler and told him something didn’t feel right. A day earlier, Baldelli said they would know more about his timeline in two-plus weeks.
“I can do a little bit of mobilization just to try to get it back stronger,” Buxton said. “Hopefully my body keeps going the way it does and heals quickly. I could hopefully cut some time down and get back.”
Jerry Bell enters Twins Hall of Fame
The Twins honored Jerry Bell at Target Field, a ballpark the longtime Twins president was instrumental in helping make a reality.
Bell was the third president in team history, spending 16 years in the role. He was at the helm when the Twins won the World Series in both 1987 and 1991 and was also a leader in the construction and development of the CenturyLink Sports Complex, the Twins’ spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.
“Looking back on my career, everything we accomplished, be it winning the World Series, building Target Field and so many other things, we were always supported by the Pohlad family, driven by the talented men and women across the Twins’ organization and, most importantly, inspired by our fans,” Bell said.
He became the 33rd person inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame, taking his place among franchise greats a day after longtime closer Joe Nathan was inducted.
Bell, who grew up in North St. Paul, served as the team’s president from 1987-02 and then transitioned to be the president of Twins Sports Inc, focusing his efforts on making Target Field a reality. He retired in 2011.
“Thank you from this incredible honor. It is a long way from the bleachers of Metropolitan Stadium watching Rod (Carew) and Harmon (Killebrew) and Tony (Oliva) and others to being here today,” he said. “I am humbled and honored to be part of the Minnesota Twins’ Hall of Fame.”