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Top Kenta Maeda News

  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Throwing from 90 feet

    Maeda (elbow) is throwing from 90 feet, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    He has been eyeing a return to game action in September, so he can't afford any setbacks if he hopes to make it back from Tommy John surgery this season. Maeda is with the Twins after spending the last month rehabbing in Fort Myers.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Shifts to 60-day IL

    Maeda (elbow) has moved to the 60-day IL as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, reports Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune

    The move is a formality for Maeda as he makes room on the 40-man roster for new signee Joe Smith. Maeda continues to recover from Tommy John surgery and is eyeing a September return to action.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Begins light throwing

    Maeda (elbow) said Sunday that he began a throwing program earlier this month and is currently playing catch off flat ground from 30 feet, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

    In the early stages of his rehab program from the modified Tommy John surgery he underwent Sept. 1, Maeda has thus far avoided any setbacks, but the right-hander acknowledged that he's unsure if he'll be able to pitch for the Twins at any point this season. Ultimately, whether Maeda toes the rubber in the big leagues in 2022 will be dictated by how he progresses in the months to come, and the Twins' place in the standings in the second half of the season should factor into the equation as well. Even if Maeda is able to advance through his rehab quickly and make a 12-month turnaround from the elbow procedure, he won't be worth stashing in any redraft leagues until several months down the road.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Eyeing September return

    Maeda (elbow) told The Tokyo Mainichi on Jan. 7 that he's realistically targeting a return to action in the final month of the 2022 season. "Even if I can return, it will be around September. It's not a zero percent chance," Maeda said.

    Maeda underwent a modified Tommy John surgery Sept. 1, 2021, with his procedure involving the insertion of an internal brace into his right elbow. The innovative procedure was expected to reduce Maeda's recovery timeline to 9-to-12 months rather than the typical 12-to-16, but the 33-year-old still looks as though he plans on requiring a full year to complete his rehab. With the pitcher himself ruling out a midseason return, Maeda doesn't look to be an appealing fantasy investment, even as a final-round selection in AL-only leagues or best-ball drafts. On a more positive note, Maeda seems to have avoided any setbacks since having the procedure, as he said that he plans to resume playing catch at some point during spring training.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Maeda underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, with his procedure involving the insertion of an internal brace that could help him return in 9-to-12 months, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Maeda will miss the rest of the 2021 season and likely most of the 2022 season. The inclusion of a brace could speed up his recovery from a typical 12-to-16 month timeframe, but it may be well into next year before there's a clearer timetable for his return. After dazzling during an 11-start sample in the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Maeda took a big step back in 2021 before suffering the season-ending injury in August. Over 106.1 innings, Maeda went 6-5 with a 4.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and a 113:32 K:BB.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Heads to 60-day IL

    The Twins transferred Maeda (forearm) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Wednesday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Maeda's move to the 60-day IL was merely a formality after the Twins announced last week that he would require a season-ending surgery for his right forearm. The Twins haven't provided details on the nature of the procedure, making it unknown if Maeda will have a realistic shot at being healthy for the start of spring training in 2022. The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Joe Ryan, whose contract was selected from Triple-A St. Paul ahead of his first MLB start Wednesday against the Cubs.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Slated for season-ending surgery

    Maeda (forearm) will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

    Maeda was evaluating several options after he sustained a forearm injury Saturday, but he'll ultimately opt for surgery. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Friday that he isn't yet sure what procedure the right-hander will undergo, but Tommy John surgery is on the table. Regardless of the type of procedure, Maeda won't pitch again until at least 2022.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Getting second opinion

    Maeda was sent for a second opinion on his forearm injury Tuesday, with the Twins concerned about potential UCL issues, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Maeda hit the injured list Monday, but he's so far not been diagnosed with anything worse than forearm tightness. That could change following the second opinion, however. Any mention of UCL issues raises the specter of Tommy John surgery, though the Twins have yet to indicate that's on the table. Anything from a return within a few weeks to a return at the start of the 2023 season appears in play for Maeda at the moment.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Lands on injured list

    Maeda was placed on the injured list with right forearm tightness Monday, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.

    Maeda left his start Saturday against the Yankees with the injury, which was evidently serious enough to cost him at least one start. He's yet to be diagnosed with anything more serious than tightness, but it's unclear how much time the Twins expect him to miss.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Slated for additional testing

    Maeda (forearm) will undergo additional testing, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Maeda was charged with the loss against the Yankees on Saturday and was removed from the game in the bottom of the fifth inning due to his injury. Forearm issues are cause for concern with all pitchers, so it's not surprising that the right-hander will undergo tests, including an MRI. Manager Rocco Baldelli isn't yet sure how long Maeda will be sidelined, but a better idea of his return timetable likely won't be known until the results of his tests are known.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Exits with forearm tightness

    Maeda was removed from Saturday's game against the Yankees with right forearm tightness, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Maeda struggled early in Saturday's start, as he allowed five runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five in 4.1 innings prior to his removal. The right-hander had earned wins in each of his last two starts, and his injury likely contributed to his lackluster performance against the Yankees. It's not yet clear whether the issue will prompt a trip to the injured list, but the right-hander tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Brewers on Friday if he's deemed healthy enough to pitch.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Earns quality start in shutout win

    Maeda (6-4) allowed three hits and one walk with four strikeouts through six innings of shutout ball, picking up the win in Saturday's 12-0 victory over the Rays.

    Maeda was dazzling Saturday night, allowing just three singles over six spotless innings. After allowing eight runs over his last two starts, the right-hander returned to form with an ERA-shrinking quality start. His next appearance figures to come Thursday against the Yankees.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Fans five in win

    Maeda (5-4) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings Sunday, striking out five and earning a win against Houston.

    With a 1.80 WHIP and 100 pitches through five innings, it definitely wasn't Maeda's most efficient outing. He allowed RBI base hits in each of the first, fourth and fifth innings but still managed to escape with a win. The veteran righty has allowed at least three runs in four of his last five outings, raising his season ERA to 4.69 through 19 starts. Maeda is lined up to face the Rays at home next weekend.

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  • Twins' Kenta Maeda: Hit hard in no-decision

    Maeda didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Reds, giving up five runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and a walk over five innings. He struck out nine.

    The right-hander appeared to have turned things around in July, posting a 2.15 ERA over five starts with a 36:6 K:BB through 29.1 innings, but Maeda began August by serving up multiple homers for the first time since June 20. The return of his strikeouts is encouraging however, and starts like this one should be the exception rather than the rule as long as he keeps generating whiffs. Maeda will carry a 4.65 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into his next outing.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 176 lbs
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Age: 34
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R