Luis Arrez, who entered the American League Batting Championship bid on Wednesday with a one-point lead over Xander Bogarts, left the game after just one bat.
Arrez appears to have strained his left hamstring after hitting an infield hit. He remained in the game, but was then replaced in the middle of the innings.
After the club’s 4–0 win over the Royals, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said the Venezuelan had to undergo an MRI during the game which showed “nothing significant.” The pilot also revealed that Arrez has been playing with the injury for some time.
This is one reason why Arrez has been working as a designated hitter lately. He’s probably out of Thursday’s lineup, but Baldelli says the Venezuelan could be back soon.
Losing Aerez, who has established himself as Minnesota’s leadoff hitter, would be a serious blow to the Twins’ postseason aspirations. The San Felipe native bats .320 in 127 games a year.