The twins used 60 players, 37 bowlers and 12 starters, all team records

Cleveland – if not for Sandy Lyon Reach, Ronnie Henriquez The first pitch as an official key player would have flown to the back podium. But this is a concept – it is new.

Just like a lot of his teammates.

Henriquez has become the 60th player to come out to the Twins this seasonthe 37th man to compete with, and the 12th rookie to make his major league debut in 2022 – they all scored a franchise for one season.

and while Rocco Baldeley “I’m a social guy – I don’t mind having all those guys around,” the Twins manager also admitted that the constant turnover and constant injuries have been hard to navigate this season.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries and uncertainty at different times of our season,” Baldeli said. “Is this just another challenge along the way? Of course it is.” “But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s something you can’t beat, or [you can’t] Find ways to win different groups of players. This is our business. This is literally our job, to find ways to succeed regardless of whether it’s the same set of names and skill sets, or if you have to do it differently every day. “

It was the last this year. Baldelli used 138 different lineups in 147 games, and 13 different starting bowlers. Six of the nine hitters in the opening day lineup are currently on the hit list, as are 13 other teammates. So he said the use of 60 players is inevitable and unavoidable.

“It was tough,” Baldeli said. “It’s tough when you don’t have players that you know you’ll need to rely on a lot.” “I would also say you can’t play the entire Major League Baseball season looking for guys who aren’t there right now. You have to focus on winning. I mean, with everything that’s happened, we’re still competing. We’re not where we wanted to be at the moment, but we are. We did it without what you might consider close to the lineup you were expecting.”

Baldele noted that even his “healthy” players aren’t really that way, although this is not unusual in September. But with so many absences, he said he feels players’ reluctance to add themselves to that list.

“Can you play or not, often the question becomes. That becomes a mentality,” Baldeli said. “Players on the field now who are playing regularly and getting beaten up, maybe there are points earlier in the season they might not be playing. If it’s mid-June we will have to get them off their feet because they won’t last.”

Correa remains in relatively good health

One of the players who has been mostly healthy this season is Short Carlos Correa, who has played 24 games this year, mostly after spoiling a ball from his hand in May. Correa said part of the reason for his relative health is his attempts to avoid unnecessary situations that could lead to his injury.

That’s why he hasn’t tried to steal a base since 2019 – Correa said, “It’s very easy to hit your hands when you slip into a base,” and that’s why he didn’t try to score when the ball easily overtakes. His on the home plate last Tuesday against the royal family. Korea simply ran out of baseline, catcher of the last kings Salvador Perezand straight into the dugout, accepting the exit without a play.

“I was out for a mile,” Correa explained. “The collision with my predecessor could only end badly for me.” “He’s a big boy, and there was nothing I could have done.”

Correa said this kind of risk-reward arithmetic is the result of a few injuries earlier in his career.

“Maybe at a young age I tried to find a way to get in there, and I tried to find a way to avoid a mark or hit the ball,” Correa said. “Grow me up? Live to fight another day. I can’t help the team off the injured list.”

Baldeli said he understood the arithmetic, and he’s confident it only plays a role in such extreme situations.

“If he has a chance to be safe, he will try to be safe. In this particular play, [Royals center fielder Drew Waters] The manager said, “I don’t see any upside for an absolutely unnecessary collision of the short stop. But something tells me that if he had a chance to be safe, he would have done something different.”


  • Trevor Miguel He remained on the COVID-19 roster Monday while awaiting clearance from Major League Baseball to return. Baldeli said Right has tested negative twice for the virus.