Twin relief George LopezHe has been out of action for the past month and will spend some time on the sidelines after being placed on the 15-day injured list on Sunday.
Lopez is the fourth MLB player to spend time on the IL for mental health issues this season, along with the Colorado reliever. Daniel BardOakland outfielder Austin Meadows and Oakland relief Trevor May.
“I think it’s definitely the right move for him,” the Twins manager said. Rocco Baldelli he said. “Honestly, I’m glad he’s open to doing it and it’s something we’re going to take advantage of right now and get him in a really good position to come back.”
Lopez, a 2022 American League All-Star with Baltimore, owns a 5.00 ERA in 29 relief appearances this season. He allowed 16 hits and 12 runs over his last 6⅓ innings (17.05 ERA), and his velocity dropped nearly 2 mph in two innings Thursday.
He was in the club house as recently as Saturday.
“We respect his position,” Baldelli said. “We have a plan for him. If he wants to speak on it, obviously, we’ll respect that and let him do it at any time. Other than that, I have no comment.”
The Twins acquired Lopez from the Orioles at last year’s trade deadline. He is not eligible to become a free agent after the 2024 season.
Balazovic first start
It was not the easiest way Jordan BalazovichBut the former senior made his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Tigers.
Balazovic, wearing No. 81, allowed two hits and one walk in 3⅔ scoreless innings while recording two hits.
“I still haven’t really gotten into it,” said Balazovic, who replaced Lopez on the roster. “I mean, it happened so fast, but it’s unreal. I’m still trying to take my time throughout the day, but yeah, it’s not real. It’s what you do, you know? So, he couldn’t be happier.”
Balazovich Moving to relief, he posted a 4.79 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 21 walks in 35⅔ innings in St. Paul.
“He’s had to work back into being the pitcher he can be, and he’s done a good job of that,” Baldilli said.
Taylor is fine now.
Michael A. Taylor He was hit in the back of the head by an errant curveball from the Tigers reliever Alex Lange On the eighth entry Sunday. He left the game due to a concussion, walking into the dugout on his own, and initial tests showed no signs of concussion, the team announced.
“He didn’t hold the helmet very well,” said Baldelli, who has ruled Taylor out since Monday. “He got it in his head. That always gets your attention and you worry about it. No one complains less than Michael Taylor, but we make sure we’re deep.”
• Kenta Mada He returned to the Twins clubhouse on Friday after making a rehab start for Class AAA St. Paul IV. “There’s nothing new as far as what we’ve accomplished,” the Twins bench coach said. Jace Tingler he said. “We’re confident he’ll be back with us, but we haven’t finalized what the rotation will look like for next week.”
• In a roster move, the Twins activated an outfielder. Gilberto Celestino From the 60-day injured list and optioned him to St. Paul. He played nine games, including five with the Saints, on a rehab assignment. Relief Jorge said He was transferred to 60-day IL to make room for Celestino on the 40-man roster.
• The Saints improved to 40-28 on the season with a 12-5 win at Louisville, where all nine starters had hits, homers from Jose Miranda And Mark Contreras.