Twins Trade Deadline Pickup Leaves Game With Injury

The Minnesota Twins got the starting pitching help they were looking for at the trade deadline, acquiring Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, yesterday, in his 3rd start for the Twins, he had to be pulled due to shoulder fatigue.

As noted by Twins beat writer Aaron Gleeman in The Athletic, having their biggest trade deadline pickup losing velocity and exiting with shoulder problems is certainly a concern. 

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Mahle "checked out relatively OK" after leaving the game, and that there was no acute pain bothering the right-hander, just general soreness.

"He said the ball wasn’t coming out, obviously, the way he wanted," continued Baldelli, "but he was still able to pitch. That being said, there were moments, and discussions that were had in the first inning or two, because we knew the ball wasn’t coming out the way it normally would.” 

Mahle has a 2.51 ERA in his 2+ starts for the Twins, with an 0.83 WHIP and a 12:4 K:BB ratio. 

The 27-year-old is earning $5.2M this season, and the Twins have one more year of control before he hits free agency after 2023.

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