The Twins have had their share (and then some) of late-season injuries, and now they get to deal with another.
Reliever Jon Rauch, who has been bothered for a while by a sore left knee, experienced a recent worsening of the injury and on Thursday had "a lot of fluid" drained, as manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500espn.com. (That is not be be confused with having fluid drained onto his head, as pictured here.)
Rauch also got a cortisone shot in the knee, which requires a few days off. He'll miss the remaining regular-season games, but the troubling part is that Gardenhire said Rauch might not be ready to take a spot on the playoff roster for the first round.
"We'll have to determine whether he's even going to be fit for the playoff roster," Gardenhire said. "We'll just have to see that on the days off.
"He's been getting treatment on it, but he's always been able to pitch. Today he was seeing the doctor this afternoon, and before the game he came in and told me they drained his knee and took a lot of fluid off of it."Rauch has been nails in the right-handed setup role for the Twins this season, and knee pain or not, he's been especially good recently. He has made 12 September appearances and allowed a run in just one of them, posting a 1.80 ERA with eight strikeouts against two walks.
-- David Andriesen
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