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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Brian Dozier leaves Wednesday's game with back tightness


By on 6/11/2014 03:15:00 PM

Minnesota Twins All-Star hopeful second-baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday afternoon's game with the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning after colliding with teammate Eduardo Nunez in attempt to catch a pop fly. The Star Tribune's LaVelle Neal tweeted the news shortly after Dozier left the game.



A few minutes later, Neal update the reason for Dozier's leaving.



MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger confirmed that Dozier has back tightness stemming from the collision. The play happened in the second inning as Dozier took Nunez's knee in the back. Dozier batted in the top of the third and played the field in the bottom half. His back then stiffened, so manager Ron Gardenhire removed him in the fourth. Eduardo Escobar substituted at second base.

At this point, Gardenhire considers Dozier day-to-day. Dozier had played every inning of every game this season until the fourth inning on Wednesday. He is hitting .245 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI, and he is fourth in All-Star voting among A.L. second baseman as of the June 8 update.

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