Injuries & Roster Moves: Arraez, Maeda back

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Keep track of the Twins' recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

ROSTER MOVES

June 14: RHP Kenta Maeda activated from IL (right adductor strain)
Maeda was activated to start the series opener in Seattle on June 14. He threw two bullpen sessions while the club was in Kansas City and tossed four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A St. Paul on June 9.

June 14: IF/OF Luis Arraez activated from IL (right shoulder strain)
Now pain-free, Arraez was activated after playing two games in a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul. He went 2-for-8 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Saints.

June 14: RHP Michael Pineda placed on 10-day IL (right elbow inflammation)
Pineda exited his start against the Astros on June 13, after throwing 64 pitches in four innings, due to tightness. He had already been dealing with right forearm tightness, which flared up two starts prior.

June 14: OF Rob Refsnyder placed on 10-day IL (left hamstring strain)
Refsnyder had been dealing with the hamstring issue for “a little while now,” manager Rocco Baldelli said on June 14. Refsnyder had played through the injury, but he couldn't get loose on the day he was placed on the IL.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day IL

OF (left hamstring strain)
Expected return
: Possibly this week
Batting leadoff and starting at DH, Kepler went 0-for-4 in his first rehab game for Triple-A St. Paul on June 13. Manager Rocco Baldelli said, “Kep came out pretty good. Everything I got was good.”

Prior to beginning his rehab assignment, Kepler had ran the bases and reported that he was feeling good after the workout. (Last updated: June 14)

CF (right hip strain)
Expected return:
Any day
Manager Rocco Baldelli said Buxton was dealing with some soreness after completing his rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul. Buxton was scheduled for a full workout on June 14 and possibly June 15 in Seattle during the team’s series against the Mariners. (Last updated: June 14)

RHP Michael Pineda (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: In about two weeks
Pineda traveled with the big league club for the road trip to Seattle and Texas. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Pineda could throw a bullpen session during the trip if there are improvements in his recovery. (Last updated: June 14)

OF Rob Refsnyder (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: In about two weeks
Refsnyder had been dealing with the hamstring injury for a few games, and it tightened up over the weekend prior to him being placed on the IL on June 14. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Refsnyder would need a few days to fully recover, leading to the move to put him on the IL.

“His hammy was going to keep him off the field for at least a few days after playing [June 13], so all that being said, we’re kind of just -- we had to make a decision,” Baldelli said. (Last updated: June 14)

LHP (left groin strain)
Expected return
: Mid-June
Thielbar attempted to throw a bullpen session on June 9, but he still felt tightness in the groin that will keep him off the mound for a few more days. The Twins will keep him throwing flat-ground sessions until they test him out with another bullpen session next week. (Last updated: June 10)

OF (sports hernia)
Expected return: TBD
Garlick was placed on the 10-day IL after he had dealt with soreness for some time and had it flare up while chasing a fly ball June 8, manager Rocco Baldelli said. An MRI indicated an issue, but the Twins don't expect for now that Garlick will need surgery to treat it. (Last updated: June 9)

RHP (back disk injury)
Expected return: TBD
Stashak reported feeling an issue following a bullpen session, and an MRI revealed the injury in his back. (Last updated: June 9)

C (groin contusion)
Expected return: Out several weeks
Garver needed a surgical procedure after taking a foul ball off his groin area in a game against the Orioles on June 2, and he’s expected to need several weeks of recovery before he begins significant movement, let alone baseball activity. He led the team with a .579 slugging percentage and 183 wRC+ in May. (Last updated: June 8)

LHP (left elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
TBD
Smeltzer started throwing Monday after recovering from nerve irritation in his left elbow that caused him no pain, but some tingling in the area. He said it's still difficult to plan his next steps as he ramps up. The Twins do not have any concerns about structural damage to the elbow. (Last updated: May 29)

60-day IL

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
Out for several months
Colina began the season on the 60-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation, but he hit another setback during his ramp-up and underwent an arthroscopic debridement surgery on May 26. According to president of baseball operations Derek Falvey, Colina will not throw for several months. (Last updated: May 28)

OF (stress reaction in low back)
Expected return:
TBD
Cave had been playing through a fracture to one of his vertebrae, and the pain flared up while running the bases during a series in Chicago. He was placed on the 60-day IL on May 15 and is expected to need a period of rest before a gradual buildup back to play. (Last updated: May 15)