Everett returns to DL with sore shoulder
Infielder Macri called up from Triple-A Rochester
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' already-depleted middle-infield situation has taken yet another hit.After once again experiencing pain in his right shoulder, shortstop Adam Everett was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain following Thursday's game. To replace Everett on the roster, the Twins recalled infielder Matt Macri from Triple-A Rochester. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that the decision to DL Everett was made after watching the shortstop struggle to make throws over the past few games. "You could see on the relays that he couldn't even throw the ball," Gardenhire said of Everett's play in Wednesday's loss to Texas. "It wasn't getting better as the day went along. It was getting worse." This will mark Everett's second stint on the DL this season due to shoulder problems. The Twins signed Everett this offseason to provide them with a sure-handed glove at shortstop, but so far he hasn't been nearly the defensive specialist they expected due to the injury. Everett, who is hitting just .189 this season, missed 10 games in late April with a strained right shoulder, but Gardenhire said the pain is now in a different area of the shoulder. In his first DL stint, Everett's problem was in the front of his shoulder. Now, it's moved to the back side. Everett described the pain to his skipper as being like a "knife." "I said to him, 'Ev, I can't let you keep doing this,'" Gardenhire said of his talk with the shortstop following Wednesday's game. "He wants to be out there so bad and help the team ... I know he's game-on, I know he wants to win. Unfortunately, right now his body is not letting him get it done. We definitely haven't seen the best player he is because of health." Team doctors examined Everett before Thursday's game, and he is scheduled to undergo another MRI on Friday morning to determine the exact cause of the problem.
"Like I've said, I've never had shoulder problems before," Everett said. "I'm at a loss for words. I'm very, very disappointed."Everett's DL stint is the latest in a series of setbacks incurred by the team's middle infield. Matt Tolbert underwent surgery on Thursday morning to reattach a ligament in his left thumb, which is expected to sideline him for two months. Nick Punto is also currently on the DL with a strained left hamstring, and is set to head to Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday to begin a rehab stint. Despite reports of Punto's improving left hamstring, the team wants him to test his leg in some extended Spring Training games to make sure he's indeed ready, rather than risk re-injuring himself and missing more time.
Macri was batting .263 with 10 doubles, one home run and nine RBIs in 29 games for the Red Wings this season, but got the call due to the fact that he is currently on the team's 40-man roster. He doesn't appear to be a strong candidate to help out the depleted shortstop situation, having played just three games at the position this season. He is expected to join the team in Detroit for Friday night's game against the Tigers.Gardenhire had mentioned earlier in the day the possibility of looking deeper into the system for middle infielders, perhaps at Double-A New Britain. However, the reports on New Britain infielders Trevor Plouffe and Luke Hughes are that neither player is quite ready for the big leagues, and the organization does not appear eager to rush them. With no real solution for the shortstop in the Minor Leagues, Gardenhire will have to rely on his current options of Brendan Harris and Alexi Casilla to mix in at the two middle spots. "Honestly, I'm kind of searching," Gardenhire said of who will play shortstop. "I didn't expect to have all my middle guys go down. Punto, Everett, Tolbert -- that's all the guys you counted on to play shortstop. Now we don't have any of them." Harris got the start at shortstop on Thursday, with Casilla playing second base. Harris had earned the starting nod at second out of spring, but his defensive struggles have caused the Twins to look at other options. Before Tolbert's injury, the Twins had plans to move Harris to other spots in the infield -- including third base -- in an effort to keep the infielder's bat in the lineup while trying to get him more comfortable in the field. Now, without a true shortstop, the Twins could see how Harris plays out at the spot. He spent the majority of the 2007 season as Tampa Bay's starting shortstop, and Gardenhire seemed to like what he saw when Harris played short on Thursday. He recorded nine assists on the day, and following that performance, he'll likely see the majority of playing time at the position. "I honestly thought he looked comfortable on that side, and played good at shortstop," Gardenhire said. "He had some pretty good movements out there and looked a little more sure of himself. ... We're just trying to see if we can find a fit."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.