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Josh Willingham Injury: Sore Hamstring Keeping Him Out Of Sunday's Game

The Twins are sitting left fielder Josh Willingham on Sunday with a sore left hamstring.

Aug 29, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (16) hits a single in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 29, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (16) hits a single in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins are sitting left fielder Josh Willingham with a sore left hamstring on Sunday afternoon, as LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports. Minnesota is hoping to complete a rare sweep against the Kansas City Royals this weekend.

The injury to Willingham doesn't appear to be serious, as Twins GM Terry Ryan told reporters that the outfielder is still available to pinch-hit late in the game if necessary. The 33-year-old has been experiencing some pain recently and the team wants to prevent the injury from getting any worse.

For now, Minnesota has Matt Carson starting as the left fielder in place of Willingham. He's hit .320/.320/.360 over 25 plate appearances with Minnesota this year, in addition to hitting .282/.347/.457 in 115 games with Triple-A Rochester.

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