Kenta Maeda

#18 SP / Minnesota Twins / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 176 lb Age: 33 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Maeda (3-2) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings, earning the win over Texas on Sunday. Maeda cruised through five innings before Adolis Garcia and Joey Gallo went back-to-back with one out in the sixth. Tyler Duffey relieved Maeda at that time, and Minnesota held on for the win. The right-hander threw 84 pitches (54 strikes) in his second start since returning from an adductor strain and arm soreness. He's posted a 4.85 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 50:15 K:BB across 52 innings this season. He lines up for his next start versus Cleveland next weekend.

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    • Maeda allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven over four innings Monday against the Mariners in his first start back from the injured list. He did not factor into the decision. It's understandable that Maeda was on a pitch count -- he threw 78 pitches -- and showed some signs of rust after missing the last few weeks with a right adductor strain and some right arm soreness. He struggled a bit with his command, as this was the first time this season that he walked more than two batters in an outing. All three of his free passes did come in the same inning, however. The only time the Mariners really got to him was in the third, when he allowed a leadoff double and then an RBI single to Jake Fraley. It's been a frustrating year so far for Maeda, who currently owns a career-worst 5.01 ERA and 1.48 WHIP to go along with a 46:14 K:BB over 46.2 innings. He's in line for a favorable matchup against the Rangers over the weekend.

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    • Maeda (arm) was activated from the 10-day injured list and will start Monday against the Mariners, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. The 33-year-old landed on the shelf with a right adductor strain May 23 and dealt with some right arm soreness while rehabbing, but he'll officially rejoin the starting rotation Monday. Maeda has struggled through nine starts with a 5.27 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 80:10 K:BB over 42.2 innings this season, and he'll look to rebound now that he's healthy.

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    • Manager Rocco Baldelli said Friday that Maeda (arm) will be activated to start Monday's game against the Mariners, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Maeda landed on the injured list May 23 with a right adductor strain and later suffered arm soreness as he resumed throwing at the end of May. The right-hander threw 54 pitches during a rehab start with Triple-A St. Paul on Wednesday, allowing one run while punching out five across four innings. His next start will come with the Twins on Monday, though he likely won't be fully stretched out in his return to the big leagues.

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    • Maeda (arm) worked four innings of one-run ball in his rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A St. Paul, permitting one hit and one walk while striking out five. Maeda looked good in his first outing since May 22, pumping in 33 of his 54 pitches for strikes while limiting the damage to a solo home run. The Twins have yet to decide whether Maeda will make his next start on a more limited pitch count as a member of the big-league rotation, or if he'll stick around at Triple-A for another turn. Whenever Maeda returns from the 10-day injured list, Matt Shoemaker or Randy Dobnak will likely be excised from the rotation.

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    YearTeamAPPGSINNWLSKBBIHAERAWHIP
    2021 MIN 11 11 52.0 3 2 0 50 15 60 4.84 1.44
    2020 MIN 11 11 66.7 6 1 0 80 10 40 2.70 0.75
    2019 LAD 37 26 153.7 10 8 3 169 51 114 4.04 1.07
    TOTAL 159 125 707.3 56 38 6 771 203 600 3.83 1.13

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