Austin is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. The 27-year-old has a .212/.287/.348 slash line over 66 at-bats in September so he'll head to the bench for the season finale. Mitch Garver will bat fifth as the designated hitter Sunday. Austin has a .230/.287/.480 slash line with 17 home runs over 244 at-bats between the Yankees and Twins this season.
Austin isn't in the starting nine for the second half of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Austin went 0-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout in the first game of the day, but he'll get the rest of the night off. Joe Mauer slots in as the designated hitter and Mitch Garver will take over at first base with Austin on the bench.
Austin went 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Tigers. Austin wasn't able to homer in consecutive games, but posted another strong offensive performance Thursday. He now has four multi-RBI games across his last eight starts, bringing his total to 45 for the season. He's swung the bat well since joining the Twins in late July, slugging over .500 with nine home runs across 127 plate appearances.
Austin went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, two runs scored and a strikeout in Wednesday's win over the Tigers. Austin put the Twins ahead for good in the first inning, delivering his 17th home run of the year. The 27-year-old has received regular playing time since coming over to Minnesota via trade. His value lies mainly in his power, as he's hitting just .232.
Austin (back) is hitting fifth and serving as the designated hitter Tuesday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Austin will only be forced to miss one game after injuring his back during Sunday's series finale against the Royals. The 27-year-old, who is hitting .224/.287/.518 with eight homers in 24 games since joining the Twins, will face lefty Daniel Norris in his return to action.