The Twins announced that the shortstop Carlos Correa and right-handed chris paddack were placed on the 10-day disabled list today. Correa’s placement (due to a right middle finger contusion) is retroactive to May 6, while Paddack’s placement with right elbow inflammation is retroactive to May 9. Minnesota selected the outfielder’s contracts Marc Contreras and just Jharel Cotton to replace Correa and Paddack on the active roster.
As reported earlier in the day, Correa needed more time to recover from the deep bruise sustained in Thursday’s game, and the shortstop hasn’t played since. While Correa may have avoided serious injury, things look more worrying for Paddack, who has a history of elbow issues. Paddack is still considering his next step and further surgery has not been ruled out.
Royce Lewis will take over from Correa at shortstop, and Sonny GrayThe return of the disabled list over the weekend means the Twins still have a full five-man rotation (plus Dylan Bundy on COVID-related IL). Minnesota is still missing a lot of key personnel on the injured list, so to improve that depth, Contreras and Cotton join the roster.
Cotton has already appeared in two games for the Twins earlier this season, pitching two innings before being eliminated from the 40-man roster altogether. The former top-100 prospect is trying to revive his career after a number of injuries, and after posting a 3.52 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with Rangers last season, Cotton was acquired by the Twins on a waiver request in November.
Contreras was a ninth-round pick for the Twins in the 2017 draft, and the UC Riverside product is now set to make his Major League debut. The 27-year-old didn’t hit much in his first three professional seasons, but after not playing in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league campaign, Contreras returned to action with panache , hitting well at Double-A and earning a promotion. at Triple-A Rochester. Over 497 plate appearances in Rochester over the past two seasons, Contreras hit .246/.338/.492 with 23 homers and 17 interceptions on 23 occasions.
Contreras and Gilberto Celestino can play all three outfield positions, and Contreras is a left-handed hitting complement to Celestino’s right bat. Minnesota now has some flexibility with its outside bench depth behind starters Max Kepler, Nick Gordonand Byron Buxtonalthough with Buxton still day to day with a slight hip strain, the Twins can’t afford to lose yet another regular (especially a star like Buxton) when they are already stretched.