Minnesota Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is currently sidelined in the Venezuelan Winter League with back issues.
Rafael Rojas reports that he’s expected to sit for another 5-6 days before the club will determine the next steps.
Arcia, 23, previously dealt with back issues down the stretch during the 2014 season.
Although it’s likely too early to panic, this is not the kind of news Twins fans or Twins management wants to see with Spring Training rapidly approaching.
Injuries are commonplace in professional sports, but back injuries can have long-term, lingering impacts on a player’s career and – at just 23-years-old – it’s unsettling to see a recurrence of the same issue mere months after Arcia was seemingly all healed up.
As a result of last month’s signing of Torii Hunter, Arcia is currently slated to move across the diamond and become the Twins everyday left fielder in 2015.
Any prolonged absence from Arcia would presumably push Jordan Schafer into a starting role or spur the club to get creative with their use of Danny Santana.
Arcia has big-time power potential and is a major part of the Twins future. He showed why that is when he hit .231/.300./452 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in just 372 at-bats last season.
If he is healthy, he figures to be part of the Opening Day lineup and will continue to build on his buzz-worthy resume in the coming season.