Minnesota Twins Batting Leader Arraez Exits Game Early Due to Injury

The Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraes in 2021
The Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraes in 2021. Photo by Manny Flores/CSM/Shutterstock (12129836iz)

The Minnesota Twins and American League batting leader Luis Arraez exited the field early during his team’s 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals after he began experiencing left hamstring tightness. While a subsequent MRI did not show any signs of significant damage, Arraez came off the field so as not to aggravate the potential injury further.

Manager Rocco Baldelli assured the public that the player’s injury does not appear to be serious. “My guess is we are going to, with the lefty tomorrow that we’re facing, probably let him come in, get some treatment and see how he responds, see what he’s going to be available for. I wouldn’t see him being out or anything like that,” Baldelli stated.

Prior to his early departure, Arraez emerged as the standout player for the Twins, scoring an infield hit that raised his average to .320 while also scoring in the first innings. Should Arraez sit out of Minnesota’s next game, he will be the latest addition to a growing injury list that includes center fielder Byron Buxton who has been unavailable since August 23 due to a right hip strain, and second baseman Jorge Polanco who has been ruled out of action with left knee inflammation since September 3.

The Twins are currently five games behind AL Central leaders Chicago Guardians with 21 games remaining.

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