Twins lose Trevor Larnach to injured list with core issue

The Twins placed Larnach on the injured list on Saturday retroactive to Friday with what they dubbed a “core muscle strain.”

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Minnesota Twins center fielder Gilberto Celestino (67) congratulates right fielder Trevor Larnach (13) after his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning on June 5 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
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Trevor Larnach first started noticing a pain in his core two to three weeks ago, he said. After laying out to make a diving play in Arizona, the pain started to intensify.

By the beginning of this homestand, it got to the point where getting out of bed was “an intense pain.” Any activity that required his core to engage and extend brought upon the discomfort, prompting him to finally shut it down.

The Twins placed Larnach on the injured list on Saturday retroactive to Friday with what they dubbed a “core muscle strain.” To fill his place on the roster, they recalled outfielder Mark Contreras from St. Paul.

“It’s significant, one way or another,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “ … I don’t know if this has changed literally from yesterday, but there’s a conversation of whether or not there’s a procedure to be done to fix something like this. I think we’re going to continue to just put our heads together when we talk to the doctors and find out what is next.”

Larnach said he is expecting to get a second opinion as he seeks further answers about the ailment, which he described as a “pretty intense sharp pain,” that has been getting progressively worse and worse and the next steps for him.


At the moment, Larnach does not have a sense for how long this will keep him off the field. Getting him off the field to begin with, Baldelli said, was a challenge.

“He’s another guy that’s really tough to take out of a lineup, for him to acknowledge any injury. He just does not do that very well, so for him to mention it, even in the first place, is kind of a big deal,” Baldelli said. “We checked him out and realized there’s something here, there’s really something that we need to avoid putting him out there with.”

When the pain started trickling in while he swung and caused him trouble in the outfield, too, Larnach knew it was time to speak up.

After hitting .333 with a 1.077 OPS in May, Larnach’s hit .127 with a .429 OPS in June. While it might be easy to draw conclusions as to the reason for the dip in production, Larnach was quick to say that he wouldn’t use the injury as an excuse.

“I can just tell you that it’s affected how some things feel, and mostly affected how I’ve been moving, specifically running and changing directions,” he said. “When that part of the game starts getting affected, I just want to know what’s going on.”


Byron Buxton (knee) was back in the lineup for the first time since Tuesday. He pinch hit in Friday’s game after being sidelined for the final two games of the Guardians series. … This is the third stint in the majors for Contreras, who was first called up in May. It could be a short one as the Twins are likely to get Jorge Polanco, who has been out with lower back tightness, back early next week. All reports on Polanco, Baldelli said, have been positive.


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