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Hamstring injury sends Twins infielder Alexi Casilla to DL

Jul 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Alexi Casilla pulled up lame while heading into second base with a double last night and an MRI exam revealed a hamstring strain, so he’s bound for the disabled list.

Casilla’s overall numbers are nothing special, but he’s hit reasonably well while playing solid defense since moving from shortstop to second base and as usual the Twins’ lack of infield depth makes losing him especially tough.

Matt Tolbert was called up from Triple-A and is starting in Casilla’s place tonight despite being a career .229 hitter with zero power, but presumably manager Ron Gardenhire will eventually see that giving Trevor Plouffe a chance at second base is the much, much higher-upside option.

Casilla is the one-millionth Twins player to spend time on the DL this year. Or maybe it just seems that way.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 28, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    There goes their season.

  2. hgulkkcaj - Jul 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    I sense some sarcasm there, but actually he really will be missed on this road stretch the Twins are on. Casilla has been a spark at the top of that lineup, especially with the recent surges of guys like Mauer and Cuddyer and their ability to drive him in lately. Not to mention, he is one of the more exciting defensive infielders to watch in the league – he can make some spectacular plays at 2nd.

  3. sknut - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    So only Cuddyer and Valencia are the last two starting 9 not to go on the DL. What are the odds of all 9 from an opening day lineup to spend time on the DL.

    • Tim OShenko - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM

      It’s not so much that 7 of the starting 9 spent time on the DL, but that most of those starters have been on the shelf for at least two months – Mauer, Nishioka, Morneau, Kubel, and Span have all sat that long. Delmon Young spent at least a month on the DL, if memory serves me, as has Thome (who isn’t really an everyday player to begin with, what with his back problems).

  4. mplsjoe - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Why would you assume that Gardy will eventually start Plouffe over Tolbert? Gardy loves Tolbert and Tolbert-type players and always has. And he hates Plouffe’s defense. I expect a lot of Tolbert, hitting second of course.

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