Twins Place Starter Back on IL One Day After Returning

It's the worst situation imaginable for Tyler Mahle. 

The Minnesota Twins, right in the thick of the Wild Card chase, acquired him at the trade deadline and he made four starts for his new club before hitting the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. 

Mahle returned on Saturday, after missing the past two weeks with the injury, but it didn't go so well. In two innings of work against the Chicago White Sox, the twenty-seven-year-old allowed four earned runs and five hits, while striking out none. 

It gets worse, however, as the Twins have now placed Mahle back on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. 

There's currently no timeline for a potential return for Mahle but, because it's a recurring injury, there's a good chance we see him get shut down for the rest of the season. 

It's a tough tough blow for the Twins and Mahle, who had posted a 2.51 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts over 14 innings with his new club, prior to Saturday's start. 

The Twins are now five-and-a-half games back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the third AL Wild Card spot, and their chances of making the playoffs are getting slimmer and slimmer every day. 

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