The Minnesota Twins are set to get two key players back by the end of the month as relief pitcher Casey Fien and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia are set to begin their minor league rehab assignments with Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A) this weekend.
Fien went onto the disabled list at the end of April with a right shoulder strain and is expected to pitch today when the Red Wings take on the Norfolk Tides. He is expected to pitch one inning before taking the next two days off and pitching in back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Twins expect to have Fien back on the roster shortly after that.
Getting Fien back would be a huge boost to the Twins’ bullpen after he got off to a fast start in 2015. He had only allowed earned runs in one of his first eight appearances of the season before allowing three earned runs against the Tigers on April 29. Minnesota placed Fien on the disabled list the next day.
Arcia has been out with a hip flexor strain since May 4 and will begin his rehab assignment on Sunday afternoon when Rochester finishes up their four game series against the Tides. He recently began taking batting practice earlier this week and Minnesota expects him to play a few games in Triple-A before returning to the Major League roster.
Arcia got off to a slow start in 2015 and was hitting just .195 through the team’s first 17 games but the 24-year old slugger quickly picked things up over the next week and raised his average to .276 before hitting the disabled list. He was 8 for his last 17 (.471) before the injury.