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Twins Pitcher Hospitalized in Baltimore for Food Poisoning

Another major league pitcher has been taken out by food poisoning.

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Liam Hendriks, a right-handed pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, was scheduled to start Sunday’s game in Baltimore, but was hospitalized for foodborne illness.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Hendriks remained in a Baltimore hospital Sunday night and did not return with the team to Minnesota.  

Hendriks took part in opening day ceremonies in Baltimore on Friday, and became ill later that night. He was admitted to a local hospital on Saturday.

About a week earlier, Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Josh Outman suffered from food poisoning that caused such severe vomiting that he strained an oblique muscle.  Outman was placed on the 15-day disabled list (DL).  

While both major league pitchers were stricken with food illness as the season began, it’s highly unlikely their illnesses are related. The Rockies spring training is held in Arizona, while the Twins camp is in Florida.

Like the Rockies, the Twins have not been specific about the type of foodborne illness that sickened their pitcher.  Gardenhire did say he is hopeful that Hendriks will not miss another turn in the rotation.

On Sunday, in Baltimore, the Twins replaced Hendriks with long reliever Anthony Swarzak, who was credited with the loss in a 3-1 win for the Orioles over the Twins.

Hendriks was released from the Baltimore hospital on Monday and returned to Minnesota.

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  • David Terry

    What was it that caused the illness?

  • http://AllAboutSafeFood.com Bob Herr

    Without knowing Hebdriks’s symptoms it would only be a guess. With Josh Outman of the Rockies it sounds like an intoxication. Maybe Staph, but that is only a guess, based upon the severe vomiting.