Winder was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Winder wasn't listed among the starters for the Twins' weekend series in Kansas City since Bailey Ober (groin) was reinstated from the injured list and will start Sunday. However, Winder is apparently dealing with an injury of his own and will be forced to miss at least a week and a half. It's not yet clear whether he'll serve as a starter or pitch out of the bullpen once he's cleared to return.
Winder isn't expected to start against the Royals this weekend, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The right-hander surprisingly covered 3.2 frames as a long reliever Tuesday, and he won't be rejoining Minnesota's starting rotation this weekend, with Devin Smeltzer, Joe Ryan and Bailey Ober (groin) expected to take the mound. Winder had a 1.61 ERA over his first five outings but has given up nine runs (eight earned) over seven frames in his last two appearances, and it appears he may now be ticketed for bullpen work.
Winder is lined up to start Thursday's game against the Astros, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Dylan Bundy's (illness) recent move to the COVID-19-related injured list along with Bailey Ober's (groin) ongoing absence will allow Winder to make a third consecutive turn through the rotation, even though he certainly earned it from a performance standpoint. Between his first two starts against the Rays and Athletics, Winder went 2-0 while racking up 15 strikeouts against one walk over 12 scoreless innings. Even against an 18-11 Astros squad, Winder still looks like a quality streaming option in leagues in which he's available.
Winder (2-0) picked up the win in Friday's 2-1 victory over the A's, giving up only one unearned run on three hits over six innings. He struck out eight without walking a batter. Making just his second big-league start, Winder delivered his second straight quality start while once again dominating the opposition, and a Jorge Polanco error in the sixth inning was the only reason Oakland got on the board at all. Winder got his chance to join the rotation when Bailey Ober (groin) landed on the injured list, but the rookie doesn't seem inclined to head back to the bullpen any time soon. Winder will take a 1.61 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 20:4 K:BB through 22.1 innings into his next outing.
Winder is listed as the starter for Friday's game against the Athletics. Winder was considered likely to make a second turn through the rotation, and he'll officially be on the mound for Friday's series opener against Oakland. He struck out seven in six scoreless innings to earn the win in his first major-league start Sunday against the Rays.
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