Twins place Josh Willingham on DL, get back Aaron Hicks
The Twins in essence swapped out outfielders on Tuesday. Josh Willingham hit the DL just as Aaron Hicks came off it.
Willingham, who has been limited by a painful left knee for the better part of the last month, is now out of commission with a bone bruise and torn meniscus. It's not certain how long he'll be out. This season, Willingham, age 34, has been disappointing coming off his Silver Slugger-winning campaign of 2012: .224/.356/.398 with just 10 home runs in 70 games.
As for Hicks, he has been recovering from a hamstring injury. Hicks entered the season as a top-100 prospect according to both Baseball America and MLB.com but has hit just .179/.249/.326 in 211 plate appearances. As well, Hicks has on occasion found himself on the fightin' side of manager Ron Gardenhire.