Twin lifter Cody Stashak will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, the club informed reporters (including Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune). He will miss the rest of the season.
Stashak hasn’t thrown since May 21, when he ended up on the 15-day disabled list with what the team called a shoulder impingement. Unfortunately, further testing revealed a more serious issue that will cost him the remainder of the 2022 campaign. Minnesota is sure to trade him to the 60-day IL whenever he needs a roster spot. 40 players.
Stashak, 28, has become an unsung but productive member of the Minnesota Relief Corps in recent years. A former 13th-round draft pick, the St. John’s product hasn’t garnered much attention from prospects. He nonetheless had a decent run at the big league level, hitting a 4.13 ERA with excellent strikeout and walk rates (27.6% and 4.7%, respectively) in 72 innings since his debut in 2019.
That total run prevention number is inflated by an outlier 2021 season in which Stashak was scored for nearly seven earned runs through nine innings. He posted a sub-4.00 mark in each of his other three years, including 3.86 on 16 1/3 frames this season. Stashak retired 15 batters and did not issue a single free pass during that span.
The only silver lining is that he will collect MLB service time and pay for the rest of the season while rehabbing. Stashak will cross the three-year service threshold and reach arbitration eligibility for the first time next winter, and he is controllable until the end of the 2025 campaign.
In news from the other Twins’ bullpen, the club announced that Jorge Alcala interrupted his rehab process after experiencing stiffness in his elbow (via Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press). The 26-year-old made an appearance in rehab with Low-A Fort Myers last Wednesday, but hasn’t pitched a game since. Alcalá went on the shelf after just two MLB outings, and Minnesota traded him to the 60-day IL in late April. He posted a 3.92 ERA in 59 2/3 innings last season, earning higher leveraged opportunities late in the year.