The Minnesota Twins were hoping to get outfielder Darin Mastroianni back soon after he suffered a left ankle stress reaction in late March. Unfortunately, it appears Mastroianni will have to remain on the 15-day disabled list a while longer as his rehabilitation process was pushed back.
The 27-year-old suffered the ankle injury on March 25 after he took a direct hit from a foul tip. Mastroianni has only appeared in eight games this season as he has had a difficult time stringing together appearances. Every time it appears he will be able to run properly, his ankle acts up and gives him problems.
The second-year player was expected to take off the walking boot this week. However, an MRI revealed that there was still some damage that required Mastroianni to continue using the walking boot for at least one more week.
“I don’t think it’s healed as much as they had hoped,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said, according to MinnesotaTwins.com. “I don’t have a timeline. It’s just taking a little bit longer than we had hoped. Everybody heals differently.”
Obviously, this will push back his entire rehabilitation process, which means he will not be able to join the 25-man roster for a minimum of three weeks. Once Mastroianni is able to remove the walking boot, he will then have to go on a rehab assignment in Triple-A. Once he has enough at-bats where he should be able to handle the big leagues once again, then Minnesota can discuss when to call him back up.
Mastroianni is batting .222 with one run and one stolen base in nine at-bats this season. He has posted a .247 batting average with three home runs, 17 RBI, 22 stolen bases, three doubles and two triples in 174 career at-bats.