The twins officially reinstated Tyler Mahle off the 15-day disabled list, ahead of Mahle’s scheduled start tonight against the White Sox. left handed Jovani Moran was optioned on Triple-A to create space on the roster.
Mahle missed just slightly beyond the 15-day minimum as he was retroactively placed on the IL on August 18 due to inflammation in his right shoulder. The problem caused Mahle to quit his last start after 2 1/3 innings, but an MRI came back clean, and the Twins even considered skipping Mahle for just one start in hopes he could avoid it altogether. the list of injured. However, the team opted for some caution as Mahle also missed three weeks in July with a shoulder strain.
This injury created doubt as to whether or not Mahle would be healthy enough to be traded before the August 2 deadline, but after his return from IL, the Reds did indeed move Mahle in exchange for three prospects . Mahle got off to a good start with Minnesota before his injury, posting a 2.51 ERA in three outings and 14 1/3 innings in a Twins uniform.
Getting Mahle back on short notice is a sign of relief for a Twins club battling for both the AL Central (one game behind the Guardians) and a wildcard spot (four games behind the Blue Jays). Today’s game holds special significance for the Twins, as the White Sox are just two games behind Minnesota in the standings.