The Twins placed struggling starter Kenta Maeda on the 15-day IL with a right-handed triceps pull and right-handed recall Bailey Ober to start Saturday’s game, the team announcement.
The return from Operation Tommy John has been difficult for Maeda, who struggled to get a 9.00 ERA in his first four starts, but that has already been reported. that this injury is not related to the surgery. Considering how much pain Maeda went through to start the season, it’s hard to know exactly how much stock to put in Maeda’s woes to start the year. But the Twins hope a little time will be enough to restore him to good health.
In his absence, they will turn to the imposing right-hander Ober. He’s already made a start for the Twins this season, allowing just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. Since his debut with Minnesota, Ober’s has compiled a 3.74 ERA in 32 starts, with quality strikeouts (24.1%) and walks (5.3%). He also has a 2.55 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.