Ober was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, ending his 2021 season, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports. Ober lined up for one final start of the season this week, but his rookie campaign will instead come to an unceremonious end due to the hip issue. The 26-year-old had a strong showing in his first taste of the majors with a 4.19 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 96:19 K:BB across 92.1 innings (20 starts). He'll have more than four months to get healthy before the start of spring training, where he should have an inside track to a rotation spot for 2022.
Ober (3-3) allowed one run on four hits while striking out six across 5.1 innings to earn the win against Toronto on Friday. In his previous start, also against Toronto, Ober allowed four runs in four innings, but he was much more effective in the rematch Friday. The right-hander pitched into the sixth frame for the first time in September and allowed only four hits, half of which -- including a home run -- came off the bat of Marcus Semien. Ober's six strikeouts fell one shy of his season high, and he didn't walk any batters for the fourth time in his past five outings. He'll look to build on the victory when he takes on the Tigers at home next week.
Ober (2-3) allowed four runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts through four innings, taking the loss in Saturday's 6-2 defeat to the Blue Jays. Ober couldn't contain a hot Blue Jays lineup Saturday, allowing a solo shot to Marcus Semien and a three-run homer to Teoscar Hernandez before being yanked after four innings. Minnesota's deployment of Ober has been interesting, as it has used the rookie as more of an extended opener rather than a true starter this season. The 26-year-old has thrown over 85 pitches just once in 19 starts and has never gone beyond the sixth inning. If the Twins take the training wheels off Ober next season and allow him to pitch deeper into games, the 6-foot-9 right-hander's ability to rack up strikeouts could make him a fantasy sleeper.
Ober allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six over 4.1 innings Sunday against the Royals. He did not factor into the decision. The Royals got on the board right away against Ober with a double and a base hit before Salvador Perez hit a sacrifice fly to score Whit Merrifield. Adalberto Mondesi then led off the second inning with a solo blast to right. Ober held the Royals' bats quiet over the next two innings but then started the fifth by allowing a pair of base hits with one out before his day was finished. One of the runners would come in to score, charging a third run to Ober on his final line. The 25-year-old has now failed to reach five innings in back-to-back starts and owns a 4.12 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 87:17 K:BB over 83 innings. He's lined up to take the mound next weekend against the scorching hot Blue Jays lineup.
Ober (2-2) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings Monday, striking out five and earning a win over the Tigers. Ober coughed up a solo homer to Derek Hill in the third inning and an RBI single to Zack Short in the fifth. He moved to 2-2 on the year and picked up his first win since July 5. Over his last eight starts, the 6-foot-9 righty has given up 13 earned runs over 41.2 innings (2.81 ERA) with a 40:6 K:BB. Ober will carry a 3.98 ERA into his projected road start against the Rays this weekend.
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