I somehow managed to jinx the worst team in baseball today, writing about how amidst everything Minnesota could still look forward to possibly getting something for their best player in 2011, Jason Kubel.
That will be difficult to do anytime soon as he and teammate Jim Thome have been placed on the team’s 15 day disabled list. Kubel is still recovering from a sprained left foot and Thome strained his quad Wednesday.
It’s getting a little ridiculous; the baseball gods officially have it in for the Twins this year. The team now has almost a third of its opening day roster on the DL.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and those around the team did not expect to lose both players for an extended period of time.
“We thought one, but not two,” said Gardenhire. “There’s not much we can do about it. Other guys will have to step up. It’s not the same team we thought we had in spring training. We’ll just have to find ways to win with the guys we’ve got.”
Kubel has been the Twins best offensive player this season, taking a line of .310/.355/.456 with him to the disabled list.
Thome, who just returned from the DL May 23, will also be missed. While he was only hitting .237 on the year, Thome was the only other Twin besides Kubel to have an OPS over .800.
Minnesota does not yet have an expected time frame for either player’s return.