Astudillo remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.
Though he offers multi-positional versatility for a Twins squad that remains without several key position players due to injury, Astudillo looks like he'll stick in a bench role for the foreseeable future. The 29-year-old hasn't proven deserving of a regular spot in the lineup after slashing a meager .252/.263/.391 through 118 plate appearances this season.
Astudillo (hand) will start at third base and bat seventh Wednesday against the White Sox.
Astudillo will return to the lineup for the first time since exiting Sunday's game against the Athletics with a bruised hand, but the Twins never seemed too concerned about the injury. The 29-year-old was used off the bench in Monday's 16-4 loss to the White Sox, going 0-for-3 while seeing action in the field at catcher and pitcher. Astudillo will be filling in Wednesday for Josh Donaldson, who is resting for the day game after a night game.
Astudillo was removed from Sunday's game against the A's with a bruised hand, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old went 0-for-1 and exited Sunday's contest after suffering the injury on a hit-by-pitch. Astudillo was working behind the plate and was replaced by Ben Rortvedt.
Astudillo started at first base and went 2-for-4 with a double to raise his batting average to .324 in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.
Astudillo appears to have supplanted Miguel Sano as the starting first baseman in the near term as he's been hot at the plate while Sano has struggled. Astudillo will likely move back to a utility role when several Twins return from the injured list, but he could stick in the lineup if he stays hot since so many of Minnesota's regulars are struggling at the plate.
Astudillo isn't starting Saturday's game against the Royals.
Astudillo will be excluded from the lineup for a second straight game. Alex Kirilloff will start at first base while Luis Arraez starts in left field.
Astudillo is not in the lineup Friday against the Royals.
Astudillo is 8-for-31 with two homers and four RBI while starting eight of the past nine games, but he'll head to the bench Friday. Alex Kiriloff will receive the start at first base while Luis Arraez works in left field for the Twins.
Astudillo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 10-2 rout of Cleveland.
The utilityman has been consistent of late, recording one hit in six of his last seven games. Astudillo's value is aided by his propensity for putting the ball in play, as he's struck out only three times without drawing a single walk in 2021. Boasting neither an explosive bat nor an everyday spot in the lineup, Astudillo has a modest ceiling for fantasy purposes, but his contact ability always gives him a chance to make something happen at the plate when he gets the opportunity.
Astudillo is out of the lineup for Monday's game against Cleveland, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Astudillo will head to the bench after going 6-for-22 with a home run while starting each of the past six games. Minnesota still has two everyday players on the injured list in Miguel Sano (hamstring) and Max Kepler (COVID-19 health and safety protocols), but Andrelton Simmons' return Monday from the COVID-19 IL leaves one fewer lineup spot available for the versatile Astudillo. Minnesota will likely have two of Alex Kirilloff, Jake Cave, Astudillo and Brent Rooker fill Sano's and Kepler's lineup spots for any further contests the pair misses.
Astudillo will bat ninth and man first base Sunday against the Pirates.
Astudillo will be making his sixth consecutive start Sunday, with each of the last four coming at first base. The 29-year-old looks poised to stick as the Twins' primary option at first base until Miguel Sano (hamstring) returns from what's expected to be a brief stay on the 10-day injured list. Astudillo is slashing .293/.286/.415 with a home run and six RBI over 42 plate appearances on the season.
Astudillo went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Friday's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Astudillo launched a solo shot in the third inning that proved to be the game's deciding run. It was his first home run of the season and first extra-base hit since April 5. The 29-year-old utility man is slashing .289/.282/.421 with six RBI in 39 plate appearances.
Astudillo will start at first base and bat sixth Wednesday against the Athletics.
Astudillo is in the lineup for a third straight game, this time filling in for the injured Miguel Sano (hamstring) after making his previous two starts at second base. Even if Sano is back in action for the Twins' next game Friday versus the Pirates, Astudillo should still be a decent bet to pick up steady work at the keystone. The Twins' primary option at second base, Jorge Polanco, is mostly working at shortstop these days since Andrelton Simmons tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago.
Astudillo went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Monday against the Tigers.
Astudillo added a pair of insurance runs for the Twins in the top of the fifth inning with a double to right field. The 29-year-old is now 3-for-5 in two games this season and should continue to play a utility role for Minnesota going forward.
Astudillo hit his fourth home run in Monday's spring training game and has won a spot on Minnesota's 26-man roster for Opening Day.
Known for his contact abilities, Astudillo has shown plenty of pop this spring, hitting .385 with a 1.235 OPS. He'll work in a utility role for the Twins, serving as a third catcher as well as seeing time at third base, second base and left field. The 29-year-old could have value in deeper leagues since his bat should be above average for a catcher.
Astudillo appears set to begin the season on the major-league roster after the Twins sent several utility infielders to the minors, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Astudillo is hitting .309 (12-for-34) with three home runs this spring.
Astudillo will work in a utility role in which he can serve as a third catcher and also play third base, second base and left field. It wasn't clear if he'd make the 26-man roster since he doesn't have a strong glove at most positions, but the Twins sent most of the better fielding utility candidates to the minors. Astudillo could have value in deeper leagues since his bat should be above average for a catcher.
Astudillo 1-for-3 with a home run in Saturday's spring training win over Tampa Bay. He's hitting .417 (5-for-12) this spring.
Astudillo is competing for a utility role in which he can serve as a third catcher and also play third base, second base and left field. Despite his hot start to the spring, it's not clear if the Twins will need a third catcher, and the team may prefer other utility options that provide better infield defense.
Astudillo started at third base and went 1-for-2 in the Twins' spring training opener Sunday against Boston.
Astudillo will compete for a utility role in which he can serve as a third catcher and also play third base, second base and left field. It's not clear if the Twins will need a third catcher and the team has other utility options to consider that are better with the glove, so he may be on the roster bubble until late in spring training.
The Twins recalled Astudillo from their alternate site Monday and added him to their postseason roster.
Astudillo is one of four catchers on the playoff roster, though he's at least capable of providing the Twins with some depth at multiple infield spots, if needed. So long as Minnesota's position players stay relatively healthy during the postseason, however, Astudillo likely won't be in line for much action.
Astudillo was optioned to the alternate training site, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
The 29-year-old joined the big-league club Sept. 4 but appeared in only three games during his time with the team. Astudillo has only 16 plate appearances on the season. Mitch Garver (back) was activated off the injured list in a corresponding move.
Astudillo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against Cleveland.
Astudillo took Zach Plesac yard in the second inning for a solo home run, his first long ball of the season. He has gotten only 11 plate appearances to this point in the campaign due to a combination of illness and being placed at the Twins' alternate site. With Alex Avila (back) on the injured list, Astudillo should have the chance to rack up some playing time as the backup catcher.
Astudillo was recalled from the Twins' alternate training site Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Astudillo served as the 29th man during the Twins' doubleheader Friday, but he'll remain on the active roster after Alex Avila (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list. The 28-year-old should serve in a depth role during his time in the majors.
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