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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Oswaldo Arcia exits with back tightness

By on 9/16/2014 10:15:00 AM

Minnesota Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was forced out of Monday night's game after tweaking his back on a swing, according to Rhett Bollinger of Arcia hurt himself when taking a big hack at a pitch in the sixth inning.

Bollinger says that Arcia took a huge swing at a Max Scherzer fastball and instantly grabbed his back in pain, bringing the trainer and manager Ron Gardenhire out to see him. Arcia stayed in the game, striking out looking on the next pitch. He went back out to field but was replaced for a pinch-hitter before his next at-bat. Gardenhire told Bollinger that he was hopeful it would only cause Arcia to miss a few days at most:
"He got a little goosey and I think that's how he ended up hurting his back a little bit," Gardenhire said. "He took a pretty radical swing there. Hopefully, it won't be too many days there. He's saying he's OK, but he's a little sore."

Arcia is in his second season in the big leagues but does not appear to have taken much of a step forward. He holds an identical OBP to last year of .304, with his walk rate going up a little but his batting average dropping to .231. He is still striking out more than 30% of the time and although his power is promising (18 home runs and a .456 SLG), Arcia needs to improve that strikeout to walk ratio or increase that slugging percentage to be a really useful player, especially with his defensive skills rating negatively in right field.

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