DETROIT-Eddie Rosario, limited to designated hitter duties for the Minnesota Twins since aggravating his balky right quadriceps on Sept. 7, returned to left field Monday, Sept. 17, against the Detroit Tigers but exited in the fourth inning with a re-aggravation of the muscle.
As he tried to plant and spin upon corralling Jim Adduci's single into the gap, Rosario slipped to the turf. Before collapsing in a face-down heap, he flipped the ball toward center fielder Jake Cave to avoid a two-run inside-the-park homer but was still charged with his ninth error.
Head athletic trainer Tony Leo and assistant trainer Matt Biancuzzo raced out to check on Rosario along with Twins manager Paul Molitor. Rosario hit his 24th homer on the second pitch he saw, leaving him three shy of his career-high from last season.
Rosario originally suffered the injury on Aug. 30 at Cleveland.
Miguel Sano, his left knee feeling much better, nearly talked his way into the Twins' lineup Monday at Comerica Park.
Instead, the Twins third baseman was given another day to recuperate before likely ending a two-week absence with a start on Tuesday night.
"Miggy had a good day," Molitor said. "He wanted to play today, which is really good."
For the first time since being taken off the field on an electric cart Sept. 4 in Houston, Sano was deemed available off the bench Monday. He took early grounders at third base and added to that total during batting practice-so figures to return at his main position rather than serving as designated hitter.
What would a healthy final two weeks mean for Sano heading into the offseason?
"I think it would be really good," Molitor said. "I know it's hard for him, as it is for hopefully everybody feeling disconnected and not playing and wanting to be out there contributing. So, he's been talking to me about trying to get ready here for a while. We're just trying to be as smart as we can, but I think he's ready to give it a go (Tuesday)."
Catcher Mitch Garver was still dealing with concussion-related symptoms on Monday after making the flight from Kansas City.
"I don't think we've seen much improvement there yet," Molitor said. "The timetable on those things is difficult to predict."
Garver, who took a foul tip off his catcher's mask on Sept. 12, went to Comerica Park on Monday after spending time in the dugout before Sunday's game against the Royals. He also participated in the rookie dress-up routine after Sunday's game, donning a full horse-and-jockey costume but restricting his race to a moderate walking pace.
Garver's symptoms on Monday were similar to those he felt over the weekend in Kansas City, which Molitor said was "still somewhat problematic." It's believed Garver would still have to pass concussion protocol before returning to action, even though he wasn't placed on the concussion disabled because of the expanded September roster.
First baseman Tyler Austin, removed from Sunday's game after a dangerous fall onto concrete in Kansas City, took batting practice on Monday and appeared to be working his way back.
"He took quite a fall," Molitor said. "He's a little bruised and battered, but I don't think it's as connected to his back injury as much as he got whacked pretty good there."
Austin, who has now evenly split his 16 homers between the Twins and New York Yankees, entered Monday in a 5-for-43 (.116) tailspin with 19 strikeouts. He did homer on Sunday for the first time this month.
Don't read too much into it, but super utility catcher Willians Astudillo was spotted taking grounders at shortstop during Twins batting practice Monday. The cult hero already has appeared at nearly every defensive spot in the majors. All that's left: shortstop, first base and right field.