By Joe Christensen
Twins left fielder Delmon Young jammed his ankle trying to catch Jack Cust’s fourth-inning double in Monday’s 3-2 loss to Oakland.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Young alerted him to have a pinch runner ready in case he reached base in the ninth inning, but Young struck out, completing an 0-for-4 night.
Afterward, Young predicted the ankle injury wouldn’t be an issue Tuesday. Gardenhire wasn’t so sure.
“He’s got a very sore ankle,” the manager said. “He limped up the stairs. The doctor checked him out. We’ll see how it feels [Tuesday].”
Young was charged with his eighth error of the year in the sixth inning, when he misplayed a single from Cust, allowing him to reach second base. The fans booed Young after that play and after his strikeouts in his final two at-bats.
It was a rough night for Young, but Gardenhire did not fault him for not catching Cust’s double.
“It’s a tough play,” Gardenhire said. “It’s not an easy play when the ball’s slicing away from you like that. You can’t take your eyes off it, and you can’t find the wall. That’s a tough play.”
(*) As mentioned earlier, Adam Everett does not expect to go on the disabled list with his bruised right hand. Gardenhire did say he expects Everett’s hand to be sore, however, and a DL move would free up space for when Alexi Casilla returns from his rehab assignment for Class A Beloit.
Tonight, Casilla went 1-for-3 with two walks.
(*) Another disturbing performance for Jesse Crain, who allowed a bunt single, a stolen base and a walk. Craig Breslow came in and pitched out of that ninth-inning jam, however.
On Saturday, Breslow replaced Crain and allowed two inherited runners to score before turning in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. This outing lowered Breslow’s ERA to 2.41.