Turns out, Niko Goodrum has an adductor strain and will be out 10 to 14 days. Given that there are 34 days left in the season, and he won’t be able to do any baseball-related activities for two weeks, the odds of him returning seem remote.
“It just depends on how he does after the recovery,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s going to have to lay off of baseball activities so, we’ll see. I’m sure he will try to get back and play a little bit. But we’d be pushing the envelope with that.”
Goodrum re-aggravated his left groin on Aug. 17 and played only three innings of one game since then. He was placed on the injured list on Saturday. On Monday, he visited core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.
“There’s no tear or anything, so that’s the good news,” Gardenhire said.
Goodrum played every position but pitcher and catcher in 112 games (109 starts) this season. He hit a career-best .248 and was hitting .278 since the All-Star break. The question remains, organizationally, whether his value is highest as a utility player or would he and the team be better served letting him lock in at either shortstop or second base going forward.
“It’ll depend on what he have here,” Gardenhire said. “All those roles will be defined by the people we bring to spring training. Who do we have here that’s ready for this and who are they going to sign.”