ST. PAUL — Josh Donaldson, Jake Odorizzi and Rich Hill made the road trip with the Twins to Pittsburgh, but the team hasn’t yet set specific timelines for the returns of the three key players, manager Rocco Baldelli said Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Odorizzi, a starting pitcher, has been out since before the season started with back soreness, third baseman Donaldson has been gone since Friday with a calf issue, and starting pitcher Hill was placed on the injured list Tuesday retroactive to July 31 with shoulder fatigue.

The Twins are expecting Odorizzi, who threw a bullpen Wednesday at PNC Park, to make his season debut on this road trip, most likely this weekend in Kansas City, Baldelli said. Odorizzi threw to live hitters Monday at CHS Field in St. Paul.

“We’ll pick the date and lock in on that very soon,” Baldelli said. “The other guys, we have less of a timeline. JD knows his body well enough to be able to lead us to a timeline,” Baldelli said. “We’re not going to pretend to set a timeline for him. He understands what it takes to come back from these types of issues, so we’ll lean on him.”

Though the Twins have said they don’t believe Donaldson’s right calf issue is serious, he has had calf issues in the past. In 2018, he dealt with a left calf strain, and in 2017, he strained his right calf. Donaldson missed significant time for both of those injuries.

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“We’re going to want to see him move around,” Baldelli said. “More importantly, we’re going to want him be able to tell us that he feels great and he’s ready to go. But yeah, as a position player dealing with a lower-body injury you’re going to have to be able to do a lot of different things, so we’re going to have to see him run, get out there in the field and make different plays. But especially come back the next day and feel good.”

To date, the Twins have not put Donaldson on the injured list, unlike both Odorizzi and Hill. Baldelli said there is not yet a date set for a bullpen session for Hill, but they would get him out there to play catch and he would ramp up after that point, and then they would have a better sense for a return.

“I’m not really super worried about the actual dates, but all of those guys are doing well. That’s why they’re with us right now and traveling with us,” Baldelli said.


Pitching coach Wes Johnson said he hasn’t been able to draw any conclusions about the rash of pitcher injuries that have cropped up around the majors, but he is concerned. “You probably have to say yes in some sense,” Johnson said. “But at the end of the day, we’re just trying to continue to get these guys stronger, continue to build them up and get them ready to compete.”

Kenta Maeda is scheduled to make his third start of the season Thursday. Maeda is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.