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Updated: July 29th, 2014 10:39pm
Twins pitching prospect J.O. Berrios the latest to succumb to injury

Twins pitching prospect J.O. Berrios the latest to succumb to injury

by Phil Mackey
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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:

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. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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