Unfortunately, La Tortuga's recovery seems to be progressing slower than initially expected, and as a result, his timetable for return has been pushed back. LaVelle E. Neal III of The Star Tribune reported that Astudillo won't be back in action until some time in September.
Twins have a favorable schedule.— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) August 11, 2019
And Astudillo, don’t expect him until September https://t.co/UEYT1NTQtw
On top of his injury-riddled 2019 campaign, Astudillo's numbers were on the way down before the injury, as he's slashing .263/.282/.383 with three home runs and 13 RBI over 39 games (133 at-bats).
Astudillo is notoriously free-swinging at the plate, represented by an OBP that's just 19 points higher than his batting average -- he's walked just twice in 142 plate appearances.
Willians Astudillo Out Until September https://t.co/I6PTN9w2yL— Robb Dahlen (@TwinsTakes_com) August 12, 2019
The 27-year-old is a versatile defender, splitting time between catcher, third base and right field this year. He has also shown the ability to contribute offensively, as he hit .355 with 3 home runs, 21 RBI and an .887 OPS in 29 games last year, though he failed to replicate the same success in 39 games this time around.
Minnesota's AL Central lead has disappeared, so having Astudillo back would be a huge lift. Sadly, they'll have to wait until September until La Tortuga is back in the fold.