Yes, because Mauer and Nolasco are both key pieces of the rebuild. They are both under contract for 3-4 more years at a combined $160M. And both are complete messes at age 31. I don't know what to attribute either situation to other than bad luck. You can criticize the contracts (I guess) but that seems like a lot of hindsight judgment.
Just read the full SweetSpot post.
I think it's a bit of a stretch to lump in Trevor May missing 3 weeks (which got extended a few days more due to a rainout) and Meyer missing 2 months last summer (but avoiding surgery) as "major setbacks". And those are basically our only pitching prospect health issues since Gibson's surgery in 2011 (Kohl Stewart pending) -- I'd consider that to be pretty good fortune. We just haven't had many pitching prospects, or at least not many near-MLB ones.
At the MLB pitching level, Nolasco has been the only guy markedly below prior performance levels, which definitely sucks, but it's also magnified since he is the only recipient of a notable FA salary on the staff -- their other FA starters have all had health/performance similar to previous levels and commensurate with their modest salaries.
And again, on the offense, Buxton and Sano definitely hurt, but they are both still tentatively on track to debut in MLB not long after their 22nd birthdays. For now, their "major setbacks" seem more like corrections than anything too unusual. Pinto, Dozier, Escobar, Plouffe, Hicks, Arcia, Parmelee, Santana have all been pretty healthy, and Hicks seems like the only dramatic underperformer in that group (although I would question whether underperformance should be attributed to luck).
I will be the first to say the Twins have been concussion unlucky. Outside of that, I don't think they've been particularly unlucky, though.