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Twins place Josh Willingham on DL, activate Aaron Hicks

Jul 2, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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After watching Josh Willingham struggle through a left knee injury for three weeks the Twins finally placed him on the disabled list with a medial meniscus tear and bone bruise. To replace him on the roster Minnesota activated Aaron Hicks, who’s been on the DL for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Hicks has been rehabbing at Triple-A and hit just .190 in six games there, but Willingham’s injury convinced the Twins to rush him back. Before the hamstring injury Hicks was one of the worst hitters in baseball, batting .179 with 56 strikeouts and a .575 OPS in 55 games as a 23-year-old rookie. He’ll presumably resume starting in center field, with fill-in center fielder Clete Thomas seeing action in a corner spot.

As for Willingham, after a career-year last season at age 33 he’s been banged up while losing nearly 150 points off his OPS. Whatever chance the Twins had of trading him for any kind of decent value this month is long gone and Willingham is signed for $7 million next season.

  1. albertmn - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    While they may indeed push Hicks back into a full time role, it isn’t guaranteed. Thomas has hit far better than Hicks and given them more leadoff production than anyone else this year. Arcia needs to be in one of the corner spots and Parmelee is arguably better than Hicks right now. But, this is more about the future than wins right now, so Hicks may indeed resume his starting role. Had Mastroianni not been hurt all year, I feel like Hicks would have been back in AAA before May was over.

    • Bryz - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      If Hicks isn’t starting in CF, he shouldn’t be in the majors. He needs regular playing time and keeping him on the bench will not accomplish anything.

  2. kopy - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Well, here’s a picture of the team doctors:

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