Twins’ Anthony DeSclafani Is Out For The Season With An Injury


The new MLB season just started earlier this week, but the Minnesota Twins have already hit a significant battle. The reigning AL Central champions were looking forward to another strong year, but they will now have to do it without a critical offseason addition. Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani is out for the season after having flexor tendon surgery just as the year starts.

He has a 13-month timetable to return, so he will also miss the start of the 2025 season. The 2024 season is the final of a three-year, $36 million deal that he signed with the San Francisco Giants years ago. His hope is to recover fully and then show prospective teams that he can still be effective after his surgery. Twins writer Dan Hayes of The Athletic broke the news about DeSclafani.

DeSclafani was traded twice over the offseason, first from the San Francisco Giants to the Seattle Mariners, along with Mitch Haniger and cash considerations for pitcher Robby Ray. He was then shipped over to Minnesota with Justin Topa, Gabriel González, Darren Bowen, and cash considerations in exchange for infielder Jorge Polanco.

The right-hander was placed on the 60-day injured list with an elbow strain, but he will now be out for the year. This is a big blow to the Twins, as they were looking for DeSclafani to help bolster their pitching staff. DeSclafani spent the last two seasons in San Francisco but previously played with the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins.

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FORT MYERS, FL- FEBRUARY 20: Anthony DeSclafani #21 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during a team workout on February 20, 2024 at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida. DeSclafani will now miss…

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This year would be his first in the American League, something the Twins were very excited about. DeSclafani posted a record of 4-8 last season, with an ERA of 4.88 over 19 games. He appeared in 99.2 innings, making 18 starts for the Giants.

The Twins hoped to use him as a backend arm in their rotation, giving them more of a veteran presence. But now they will need others to step up while he recovers from his injury. DeSclafani has made 169 career starts throughout his career, posting an ERA of 4.20 and a record of 54-56.

Luckily for the Twins, they play in a weaker division, so the loss of DeSclafani shouldn’t impact their standing too heavily. Minnesota has plenty of other arms they can turn to, such as Pablo López, Joe Ryan, Chris Paddack, Bailey Ober, and Louie Varland. Minnesota will be looking to take the AL Central for the fourth time in the last six seasons.