Grossman hits DL with fractured left thumb

August 18th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins placed outfielder Robbie Grossman on the disabled list with a fractured left thumb following a split doubleheader with the Indians on Thursday at Target Field.

Grossman exited early during the 4-2 win in the nightcap. Manager Paul Molitor estimates Grossman will be out at least three weeks. The club will announce a corresponding move prior to Friday's series opener with the D-backs at Target Field.

"I think the most challenging thing about returning anytime too soon would be the throwing aspect," Molitor said. "There is some optimism that he could swing a bat before he could throw, but I would probably say three weeks, maybe a little longer."

Grossman collided with center fielder on 's lineout in the top of the second. Buxton said the two called for the ball at the same time and didn't hear each other. Grossman's thumb appeared to catch Buxton's forearm when the two merged in right-center.

After the play, the two were seen laughing and were seemingly fine.

"Once we got back to the dugout, you could tell it was starting to bother him a little bit more," Buxton said.

Grossman singled in his lone at-bat in the bottom of the second. Max Kepler, who started in right field in the twin-bill opener, pinch-hit for Grossman in the third inning of Game 2. Kepler went 1-for-3, belting a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning.