Twins pitching prospect J.O. Berrios the latest to succumb to injury
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Hard-throwing right-hander J.O. Berrios is the latest Minnesota Twins prospect to flirt with injury.
Berrios left Tuesday night's game against Double-A Trenton with shoulder tightness, according to the Pioneer Press, after retiring just five batters. Considering the recent injuries to some of the Twins' other top prospects - most notably Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer - it was understandable to see a wave of panic spread through Twitter after this news came out.
According to Trenton Thunder beat writer Matt Kardos, New Britain manager Jeff Smith doesn't sound too worried.
Reports from the ballpark before and after Berrios' departure looked like this:
#twins Jose Berrios 92-94 T95; downhill, life within zone. CH 86; arm-side fade. CB 79-80; tight spin, hard snap with depth. Potential plus— CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) July 29, 2014
Jose Berrios 94-96 for @RockCats in the first, got out of a small jam by getting Pete O'Brien to hit into a 6-4-3— keithlaw (@keithlaw) July 29, 2014
I have note here Berrios last FB velo's were 95 94 89 90 89 then exited the game. #twins— CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) July 29, 2014
It remains to be seen if the Twins will send Berrios for an MRI or any additional testing.
Heading into Tuesday night's game, Berrios, 20, owned a 2.20 ERA with 122 strikeouts and only 27 walks in 114 1/3 innings between High-A and Double-A.