Posted at 9:57 AM on August 1, 2006
by David Zingler
As we all know (and knew going in), the Twins didnít get Alfonso Soriano or any other impact players prior to the trading deadline, but their line-up did receive a boost last night from a familiar face Ė Torii Hunter. The resilient centerfielder returned in the minimum 15 days from a stress fracture in his left foot and looked as fleet as ever. The fact that he came back from a potentially long term injury in such a short time is commendable and should inspire some of his younger teammates to play through their nagging injuries as the season winds down. Oh yeah, the photogenic Gold Glover also went 3-5 with a homer and 4 RBI in the 15-2 route of Texas. This likely will be Hunterís farewell tour of Twins Territory and Iím guessing heíll make the most of it.
Sorry, but I don't want our young players "playing through pain" emulating Torii at the risk of blowing the rest of their careers with the Twins.