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Darin Mastroianni out six weeks following ankle surgery

May 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Darin Mastroianni AP

After two injury wrecked seasons the Twins have been remarkably healthy so far, but their lone significant injury has provided a glimpse into the same question health marks that got the head trainer fired this offseason.

Backup outfielder Darin Mastroianni injured his ankle late in spring training, but instead of simply placing him on the disabled list to begin the season the Twins kept him on the active roster. He was too limited to actually do much, but they used him as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.

Then, after appearing in eight games without logging a single plate appearance, the Twins deemed Mastroianni healthy enough to start two games in center field. Shortly after that he was placed on the DL and diagnosed with a stress reaction in his ankle. Initially the Twins said he’d be out three weeks, but that came and went with Mastroianni still in a walking boot and now he’s expected to miss six more weeks following surgery.

Key detail from Rhett Bollinger of “He initially sustained the injury when he fouled a ball of his ankle in spring training and aggravated the injury while running early in the season.”

  1. billyboots - May 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Time for Gardenhire and his entire staff to get the boot.

    • kopy - May 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      That won’t help anything.

      • billyboots - May 24, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Why wouldn’t it? Clean house and bring all new personnel = a different (and hopefully better) way of handling things.

  2. ndnut - May 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    A few years ago, Bill Smith fired the whole training staff and hired his own. It’s all been down hill from there. We fired Smith, now let’s fire his crappy doctors armed with plastic stethoscopes!

  3. mnfan2013 - May 24, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    ive been a TWINS FAN my whole life….. THICK AND THIN !!!!! Its time for RICK ANDERSON to go !!!! unbelievable once again another season that’s tanking when HEALTHY …… go figure . start spending the money on GOOD pitching ! I like DARIN a lot but he’s not the problem !!!!!!!!

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