Astudillo will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday against the Angels. Since he returned from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Astudillo has been included in the lineup in all four of the Twins' games. He's set to make his second start over that stretch at third base, replacing Marwin Gonzalez. With Gonzalez hitting well in May, Astudillo may not be a threat to unseat him for the everyday gig, but the 27-year-old could begin to see more action behind the plate if Mitch Garver's high-ankle sprain results in a trip to the IL.
Astudillo (hamstring) will start at catcher and lead off in Sunday's game against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Reinstated from the 10-day injured list at the conclusion of Saturday's doubleheader, Astudillo will immediately step back into a prominent lineup spot in his first game back with the Twins. While Astudillo was sidelined, the hot-hitting Mitch Garver strengthened his hold on the top catching job, but Astudillo's defensive versatility should afford him multiple avenues to at least semi-regular action. Prior to getting hurt, Astudillo had hit .327 with six extra-base hits and just one strikeout in 53 plate appearances.
Astudillo (hamstring) was activated off the 10-day injured list following Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Astudillo was first eligible to be activated off the injured list Wednesday but ended up taking a couple extra days on the shelf. The 27-year-old should re-enter the mix as a utility man after slashing .327/.340/.531 with two home runs and seven RBI prior to the injury.
Astudillo (hamstring) worked out Tuesday and could be activated from the IL before Wednesday's game or Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. With Jason Castro sitting out with a sore right elbow, the Twins may be motivated to get another catcher on the active roster. Astudillo may not be sent out on a rehab assignment as a result.
Astudillo (hamstring) ran in the outfield Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Astudillo said he felt good afterwards. The 27-year-old landed on the injured list over the weekend with a hamstring strain, but it doesn't sound like his stay on the shelf will be an extended one.
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