There’s some good news for former Merrimack pitcher Ryan O’Rourke. He’ll start the season on the 10-day Disabled List for the Minnesota Twins, which isn’t good, but an MRI showed that there was no UCL tear in his elbow, according to a report from MLB.com. All things considered, it seems he avoids a major injury, which would ultimately put his 2017 season in jeopardy.
The stint on the DL can be backdated to today, meaning O’Rourke can be eligible to come off the DL on April 9.
“All things being considered, we viewed that as a good report from the MRI,” Twins GM Thad Levine said. “But such as it is, it’ll take him out of competition to make the 25-man roster. The good news was that the injury was related to the muscle and not the ligament.”
It’s possible that the Twins place left-handed closer Glen Perkins on the 60-day DL.
“It wouldn’t be our first choice,” Levine said. “But we’re also going to be attentive to how he’d be pitching in September than how he’s pitching in April or May. So we’ll be reliant on what Neil Allen and the medical staff feel is best for him to put him in position to be strong as possible for the second half.”
If Perkins is placed on a long-term DL, it could leave a spot open on the 25-man roster for the left-handed throwing O’Rourke upon his return in early April.