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Josh Willingham injury: Twins outfielder likely out until Friday

Josh Willingham injured himself earlier in the week trying to snag an Eric Chavez home run. The Minnesota Twins outfielder is day-to-day, but will likely miss Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees.

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The Minnesota Twins aren't playing for anything other than pride for the remainder of the regular season so, ultimately, injuries that won't have long-term effects aren't a huge concern. Fantasy baseball is still in play, however, meaning people are going to keep an eye on Josh Willingham's recent ailments.

Willingham hurt himself on Monday night when he tried to snag a home run hit by Eric Chavez and it seems as though that attempt will keep the outfielder out of the lineup until Friday, according to a note in the Star Tribune.

Josh Willingham underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam and was diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder. He's day-to-day, General Manager Terry Ryan said, but with an off day coming Thursday, Willingham likely won't play until at least Friday.

There's certainly no reason to rush Willingham back considering the Twins are only trying to play spoiler for the remaining handful of games. That said, it'll be interesting to see if Ryan does indeed sit him out of Wednesday afternoon's game or if he'll be deemed healthy enough to re-enter the lineup and help beat the New York Yankees.

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