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Twins Get Bad News on Michael Pineda Injury Update

Devon Platana
The Minnesota Twins have received some bad news concerning SP Michael Pineda's latest injury update.
The Minnesota Twins have received some bad news concerning SP Michael Pineda's latest injury update. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

The 2021 MLB season has not been going the way that the Minnesota Twins envisioned it would. Preseason power rankings predicted that they'd be a top-10 team in the league. However, the Twins are currently at the bottom of the AL Central with a 22-35 record and have dealt with bad news all season. Unfortunately, they received more on Saturday.

Right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda was scheduled to start against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, June 6. Now, Twins reporter Betsy Helfand is reporting that will no longer be the case and a new starter will be named later. The negative news may worry Twins fans as Pineda has been dealing with forearm issues over the last week.

Michael Pineda Injury Update

Pineda started dealing with forearm tightness after a May 26 contest against the Baltimore Orioles. It wasn't too serious at the time, as he was able to pitch against the Orioles again this past Tuesday. However, Pineda began feeling that forearm discomfort again following that game. It's now at the point where the Twins didn't feel comfortable allowing him to pitch on Sunday.

The 2011 All-Star was in the middle of having a pretty decent 2021 campaign. He was 3-3 through nine starts, recording a 3.40 ERA while striking out 48 batters through 47 2/3 innings. Pineda has also been allowing just 7.4 hits per nine innings pitched, which is his lowest total since he averaged 6.6 in 2014.

The Twins have the second-worst odds to win the AL Central at +1800, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If they want to make a playoff push or at least end the season on a respectable note, they're going to need Pineda to make a full and healthy recovery.

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