Astudillo's odds of making the 26-man roster have increased due to the delayed start to the season, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Had the season started on time, the Twins would have likely broken camp with LaMonte Wade and Jake Cave on the roster due to the fact Byron Buxton (shoulder) and Marwin Gonzalez (knee) were expected to enter the season at less than 100 percent. However, the shutdown period will allow both players to get fully healthy, and it's possible that a condensed season with fewer off days would incline the Twins to carry three catchers, which would favor Astudillo. He hit .269 with zero extra-base hits, zero walks and one strikeout in 26 plate appearances this spring.
Astudillo started at catcher and went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his spring debut in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh.
Astudillo will battle for a final reserve spot this spring as it's not clear if the Twins will decide to keep him as the 26th man (with new expanded active rosters) or a reserve outfielder such as Jake Cave. Astudillo could give the Twins a third catcher and he can also fulfill a utility role, as he also played third base, second base and left field last year. However, he'll need a strong spring at the plate after hitting a disappointing .268 with a .678 OPS last season.
Astudillo is not on the Twins' ALDS roster.
Despite striking out at a minuscule 3.9 percent clip, Astudillo didn't do much damage at the plate this season, hitting just .268/.299/.397 in 204 plate appearances. Luis Arraez's return from an ankle injury makes Astudillo largely irrelevant as a utility option.
Astudillo went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and four runs scored Thursday against the Tigers.
Astudillo reached base four times and came around to score on each occasion. The highlight came in the eighth inning, when he smacked his fourth home run of the campaign. He's played only sparingly down the stretch, as Thursday's start was his third in the team's past eight games.
Astudillo is not in Sunday's lineup against the Royals.
Astudillo will head to the bench for the third time in the team's last four games. Marwin Gonzalez will take over at first base and bat sixth in his place.
Astudillo is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.
Astudillo is hitting .243 with zero home runs, two walks, two strikeouts and two hit-by-pitches in 13 games this month. Marwin Gonzalez will start at first base and hit sixth.
Astudillo remains on the bench Tuesday against the White Sox.
Astudillo started fairly frequently earlier in the month, but the return of Marwin Gonzalez from an abdominal injury appears to have cut into his playing time. Gonzalez starts at first base for the second straight game.
Astudillo is not starting Monday against the White Sox.
Astudillo has been given plenty of opportunities in September, starting nine times this month. He's hit for a decent average but has done little else, posting a .273/.351/.303 slash line, though he does have a characteristically low 5.4 percent strikeout rate over that stretch.
Astudillo is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
He had started six games in a row prior to this contest and went 0-for-3 in the day game. C.J. Cron will start at first base and hit seventh in the night game.
The Twins reinstated Astudillo (oblique) from the 10-day injured list Sunday. He'll start at first base and bat eighth in the Twins' game against the Tigers.
Astudillo had been sidelined for the Twins' previous 56 games with a left oblique strain but has been healthy for a while now. He recently wrapped up a 14-game rehab assignment split between Triple-A Rochester and Double-A Pensacola, hitting .333 with four home runs. Now that he's back with the big club, Astudillo looks on track to serve as the team's No. 3 backstop and an occasional starter at either corner-infield spot during September.
Astudillo (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Pensacola, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Astudillo has been on the injured list since late June but appears ready to begin his rehab assignment in the coming days. The 27-year-old is likely still several weeks from a return to the major-league club, but it's encouraging to see him ready to begin action in live games.
Astudillo (oblique) started swinging a bat before Monday's game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports
Astudillo is finally showing some signs of progress after being sidelined since going on the IL in late June. He's likely going to need a lengthy rehab assignment, so he may not return to the team until rosters expand in September.
Astudillo's oblique issue is fairly significant and he isn't close to returning to baseball activities, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
It's not clear when exactly Astudillo is expected to be back in the lineup, but it doesn't sound as though he'll return soon after the All-Star break. The Twins have no need to rush him back with catchers Mitch Garver and Jason Castro both performing well and plenty of quality bench bats in Marwin Gonzalez, Luis Arraez and Ehire Adrianza.
The Twins placed Astudillo on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left oblique strain.
The injury will keep Astudillo on the shelf through the All-Star break, leaving the Twins without yet another versatile utility option with Ehire Adrianza (abdomen) and Marwin Gonzalez (hamstring) already on the IL. Minnesota called up LaMonte Wade from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move to bolster the team's depth in the outfield.
Astudillo was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.
Surprisingly strong seasons from Mitch Garver and Jason Castro have left little room for playing time for Astudillo behind the plate, but at-bats are open in a utility role with Marwin Gonzalez on the injured list due to a hamstring strain. Astudillo has kept up an excellent strikeout rate (4.1 percent) in his second season in the big leagues, though his overall .250/.273/.357 slash line is far from impressive.
Astudillo will be sent down to Triple-A Rochester ahead of Saturday's game against the Tigers, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
The move won't be made official until Saturday morning, but the Twins are expected to promote a pitcher in Astudillo's place, per Hayes. Astudillo has put together a .259/.282/.370 slash line with two home runs and 11 RBI over 32 games this season in the big leagues.
Astudillo went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's win over the Rays.
Astudillo got the Twins on the board in the first inning with an RBI single to left field, and he singled home another in the fifth to tie the contest, 3-3. The 27-year-old continues to see more playing time behind the dish while Mitch Garver (ankle) is on the shelf, and he's taken advantage of his chances. Astudillo is slashing .270/.287/.390 with two homers and 11 RBI through 30 games.
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.
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