Kohl Stewart shines, Eddie Rosario injured as Twins beat Detroit 6-1
DETROIT Eddie Rosario ran in the outfield early Monday afternoon, felt good, then made his case to manager Paul Molitor that he is ready to play in the outfield again after injuring his right quadriceps Aug. 30 in Cleveland.
Rosario has been eager to end his run at designated hitter.
My numbers are not good at DH, said Rosario, who is batting .188 this season as a DH.
Rosario got the go-ahead to start in left Monday and celebrated by blasting a home run to left field off Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning.
But he was not on the field for the end of the Twins 6-1 victory over the Tigers after re-aggravating his quad injury in the fourth inning. Rosario is out indefinitely and, with less than two weeks left in the season, is likely done for 2018 as far as playing in the outfield.
Rosario was injured as he chased down a single to left-center by Jim Adduci with a runner on first. Rosario tracked down the ball and was slowing down to throw the ball back in but slipped on the grass, fell backward and had his leg fold up under him.
He tried to flip the ball to center fielder Jake Cave, as he was in pain, but the ball scooted by Cave. That enabled Nick Castellanos to score from first while Adduci pulled into second.
Rosario was charged with an error for allowing the runners to advance a base.
Molitor and Twins head trainer Tony Leo ran out to left field to check on Rosario, who eventually walked off the field.
It was just a couple of hours earlier that Molitor expressed hope that Rosario would not re-injure himself.
Hes been anxious to get back out on the defensive side of the game, Molitor said. I dont know if you can actually put a number on percentage of his health, but I think he can make the plays hes going to need to try to make as a left fielder and well see where it goes.
Were not anticipating any setbacks. This gives Robbie Grossman a chance to get out of the outfield for a day after all the games hes played consecutively and give him a little bit of a blow. Well try to be smart about it but I know he wants to play out there and I think hes ready to do it.
The Twins had just taken a 5-0 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Jake Cave and Ehire Adrianza, an RBI groundout by Willians Astudillo and an RBI single by Joe Mauer.
Righthander Kohl Stewart, who entered after Gabriel Moya opened with a scoreless inning, held the Tigers to one unearned run over six innings on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The only run during his watch came on the plate in which Rosario was injured.
Jorge Polanco added a home run in the ninth, his second straight game with a homer.
Showtime for Sano
Molitor said that Miguel Sano was available as a pinch hitter on Monday and is expected to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Sano has been absent from the lineup since Sept. 4, when he suffered a lower left leg contusion while sliding into second base. Its the same leg in which a titanium rod was inserted during the offseason, and he had to overcome the initial concern that he had re-injured the leg.
Hes felt much better in recent days and has been going through full pre-game drills.
He wanted to play (Monday), Molitor said, which is really good.
Tyler Austin took a nasty-looking tumble over the railing and into the camera bay in Kansas City on Sunday as he ran down a foul ball. He remained in the game and flied out to right in his next at-bat, but left the game afterward. He was just recovering from a sore back suffered in Houston when he fell backwards while trying to avoid the railing while in pursuit of a foul ball there. The Twins hope hes available on Tuesday.
Mitch Garver was making progress in his recovery from a concussion, but Monday did not see much improvement. He remains out indefinitely.