Astudillo isn't in the starting lineup for the second half of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Astudillo went 0-for-1 with an RBI and a walk in the first half of the twin bill, and he'll get the night off. Juan Graterol draws the start behind the dish and will bat ninth.
Astudillo went 2-for-4 with a double, four RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Tigers. Astudillo drove in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning, and followed that up with a two-RBI double in the fifth. He's been especially hot of late, collecting multiple hits in six of his last 10 starts. That's paced him to an impressive .357/.372/.524 slash line across 82 plate appearances, to go along with three home runs, 19 RBI and eight runs scored.
Astudillo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics. Astudillo gets a breather for the series finale after going 6-for-12 with two doubles and four RBI in his last three starts. Chris Gimenez starts behind the plate and will bat eighth for the Twins.
Astudillo went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Tigers. Astudillo has now collected multiple hits in three of his last four starts and is slashing .351/.368/.541 with two homers, 10 RBI and a 0:1 K:BB across 11 games in September. With Mitch Garver (concussion) expected to miss the rest of the season, Astudillo figures to see the majority of opportunities behind the dish for the Twins down the stretch.
Astudillo got the start at catcher and hit ninth Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 4-3 win over the Cleveland. His third-inning shot off Adam Plutko got the Twins on the board, and gave Astudillo his first career big-league homer. The 26-year-old is still only slashing .269/.296/.462 through his first 11 games in the Show, but Minnesota has little to lose by giving him regular playing time in September to see if he can factor into the organization's plans for 2019 and beyond.