Twins place Josh Willingham on DL, recall Aaron Hicks from Rochester
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Josh Willingham was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the Minnesota Twins after an MRI revealed he has a medial meniscus tear and bone bruise in his left knee.
Willingham was a late scratch as the Twins' designated hitter on Monday against the New York Yankees after he experienced more discomfort in a knee that has been bothering him since late April.
In order to replace Willingham with the big-league club, the Twins recalled center fielder Aaron Hicks from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester and reinstated him from the disabled list. Hicks went 4-for-21 (.190) and had two RBI with the Red Wings.
He had been placed on the disabled list June 10 because of a hamstring strain and missed 19 games.
Willingham had been bothered by knee woes since making an awkward slide when he recorded his only stolen base of the season on April 27 against Texas. Willingham had a cortisone shot during the last homestand, but it's unclear what, if any effect it had.
The knee issues have clearly affected Willingham at the plate. Since first hurting the knee, Willingham has hit only .214/.342/.353, dropping his season OPS from .940 to .754.