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Josh Willingham out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

Jul 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Whatever slim chance the Twins had of getting something decent in return for Josh Willingham before the July 31 trade deadline is gone, as he’ll miss 4-6 weeks following knee surgery.

As of yesterday afternoon Willingham and the Twins were saying he was optimistic about avoiding surgery and returning from the disabled list in the minimum 15 days. Of course, that came after the Twins let Willingham limp around on what was clearly a bum knee for several weeks, continuing what has now been a three-year pattern of odd injury handling in Minnesota.

Willingham’s injury means the Twins will likely go with Oswaldo Arcia as their everyday left fielder, leaving Chris Parmelee in right field and opening up designated hitter for Ryan Doumit (and occasionally Joe Mauer). Willingham has struggled all season, hitting just .224 with a .398 slugging percentage following a career-year at age 33 in 2012 that had many people wondering if the Twins should trade him at the peak of his value. He’s under contract for $7 million next season.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Next year’s salary should give him good odds on clearing waivers in an August deal if he can get healthy.

    • pmcenroe - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      I dunno…probably pretty long odds he gets healthy in time for a contender to actually offer a deal good enough the Twins should take, and assuming he clears waiver, which I agree he likely will. With Morneau likely gone before 2014 I’d probably rather see them keep Willingham for $7 mil next year.

      • homegrowntalentmn - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Should of traded him last year.. what was the point keeping him. Cause the twins are world series contenders right??

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