The Minnesota Twins’ leader in home runs will reportedly be out through at least the All-Star break.
Left fielder Josh Willingham has been suffering with a left knee injury, and finally after a few weeks, it looks like he may have to let it heal. Rotoworld reports that Willingham will have an MRI on Tuesday.
Willingham has been dealing with soreness in the knee for a couple weeks now, and the pain was bad enough Monday that he had to be scratched from the lineup. Even if no structural damage is found, the Twins might decide to play it safe and shut Willingham down through the All-Star break.
The outfielder has been known for his aggressive swinging and already has a team-high 77 strikeouts, but also has 10 home runs on the season. That’s for a team that has just 73 HRs, sixth-worst in the majors.
Since taking a couple days off against the Detroit Tigers in mid-June because of the sore knee, Willingham has 11 hits, six RBIs, and no home runs.
This is Willingham’s second season with the Twins and ninth season overall as a pro.