The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Oswaldo Arcia on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon with a right hip flexor strain.
The team has promoted 23-year old prospect Eddie Rosario to fill the roster spot, marking his first ever big league call up.
After batting .176 over the team’s miserable 1-6 start to 2015, Arcia has broken out as one of the Twins best hitters. His average is up to .276 and he had hit safely in his last six games. Arcia had hit two home runs and driven in eight so far on the season.
Eduardo Escobar will replace Arcia and start in left field tonight.
Rosario is a career .291 hitter in the minor leagues but has struggled to produce since a 50-game drug suspension at the beginning of the 2014 season. He batted just .237 in Double-A after the suspension ended last year and is currently hitting .242 in Triple-A this season.
Calling up Rosario didn’t come without controversy, as many believed that the first position player that the Twins called up would have been Aaron Hicks. Hicks, who is also an outfielder, currently leads the Rochester Red Wings (AAA) with 13 runs batted in and boasts an average almost 50 points higher than Rosario’s.
Hicks also has Major League experience. He has struggled in parts of two seasons with the Twins and only has a .201 career batting average but he has proven to be an elite defensive outfielder in his time in the Majors.
The Twins put their four-game winning streak on the line tonight as they start a four game series with the Athletics at Target Field.