Concussion protocol for Arraez after collision

May 4th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will have to put utility man through the concussion protocol after he was pulled with concussion-like symptoms following the sixth inning of Minnesota's 6-5 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

Arraez is experiencing a headache and a sore neck, manager Rocco Baldelli said, a result of an awkward slide at home plate in the third inning, when Arraez scored on Josh Donaldson's RBI double to put the Twins up, 2-0. He stayed in the game and continued to play left field for three more frames before he was replaced by Jake Cave.

On the play in question, Arraez came around from first base on Donaldson's drive into the left-field corner but had to avoid catcher Jose Trevino, who leapt to snag a high throw from cutoff man Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Arraez ended up turning to his side, banging his knee on the dirt and hitting the ground hard with his right shoulder and helmet.

After being called out, Arraez was slow to get up before he limped off the field. He was later seen high-fiving teammates in the dugout with a smile when the call was overturned upon review.

Arraez, who has mostly split time between left field and second base, is hitting .291/.398/.372 with a homer, two doubles and 14 walks. If he were to require a stint on the seven-day concussion injured list, the Twins could activate Miguel Sanó from the 10-day IL and use Willians Astudillo in the utility role.