It’s been 10 months since Jake Odorizzi last stepped on the mound in an actual game. And you can bet the Twins starter has been itching to get back.

Saturday, Aug. 6, he finally will get that opportunity after taking a little bit of extra time to make sure that the soreness near his ribs area was completely gone.

“If we would have rushed it, it could have been a thing that just lingers the entire year, or whatever it may be, but that’s what we didn’t want,” Odorizzi said. “…Taking it a little bit slower might have been the correct move considering what’s all been happening.”

What’s been happening is a slew of pitcher injuries across the league, many of them serious. The Twins are thankful that Odorizzi was able to avoid a serious injury himself, missing just over two weeks of action.