Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins

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Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Josmil Pinto (concussion) will likely play in another minor league game Tuesday.

Pinto, who suffered a concussion earlier this month, caught three innings on Monday and went 0-for-1 with two walks. The Twins will keep him on the minor league side in case there's a setback, but he's making strides to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 30 - 5:51 PM

Josmil Pinto (concussion) caught three innings Monday in a minor league game.

Pinto also went 0-for-1 with two walks at the plate. He was shut down for eight days with a concussion but looks to be a go for the beginning of the season.
Mar 30 - 3:29 PM

Twins purchased the contract of RHP Blaine Boyer from Triple-A Rochester.

Boyer was in Twins camp this spring on a minor league deal and pitched well enough to earn an Opening Day bullpen spot. The veteran will act as a middle reliever.
Mar 30 - 3:22 PM

Kyle Gibson has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday night due to an illness.

Gibson should be fine to take his turn in the Twins' spring rotation later this week. He is expected to open the season as Minnesota's fourth starter.
Mar 30 - 3:20 PM

Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared for games.

Pinto was shut down for over a week with a concussion. He passed his ImPACT test on Monday morning and is expected to play in a minor league game Monday afternoon. The 25-year-old should be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 30 - 10:22 AM

Twins sent RHP Stephen Pryor outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Pryor cleared waivers and elected to remain with the club where he'll serve as additional bullpen depth. The 25-year-old should receive an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the season.
Mar 29 - 6:01 PM

Oswaldo Arcia homered and doubled in the Twins' 6-5 win over the Orioles split-squad Sunday.

Any chance of the Twins doing something crazy and demoting Arcia has likely vanished with him going 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits in his last three games. He still figures to hit two or three spots too low in the Twins order, but that can be fixed later.
Mar 29 - 5:23 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched a perfect inning Sunday in his first appearance since being shifted to the pen.

It's not surprising Pelfrey was upset about his move to the pen, given that it seemed he'd get every shot to keep his rotation spot and he pitched effectively, with a 1.32 ERA this spring. However, he has a much better shot of being useful to the Twins as a reliever than he did as a starter. Hopefully, he embraces the switch in time.
Mar 29 - 5:20 PM

The Twins hope Josmil Pinto (concussion) will be cleared to play in a minor league game Monday.

Pinto claims that he is no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms, but he failed part of his concussion test on Friday. The results of a second test should be available Sunday, at which point he could be cleared for game action. The Twins hope Pinto will be ready for Opening Day, but if he's not they could potentially backdate a DL stint and he'd miss minimal time.
Mar 29 - 11:31 AM

Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer as the Twins topped the Phillies 7-1 on Saturday.

Mauer was hitting just .188/.257/.250 in 32 at-bats this spring. The Twins tried a brief experiment with Mauer in the two hole last week, but even though he'd make a lot of sense there, it appears he'll assume his usual third spot in the order this year.
Mar 28 - 3:54 PM

Ervin Santana pitched six innings of one-run ball Saturday in beating the Phillies.

Santana has pitched well in three of his four starts this spring. We don't like his chances of amassing much fantasy value in front of the lousy Twins defense, but at least he'll be an upgrade over what they got from the middle of their rotation last year.
Mar 28 - 3:52 PM

Blaine Boyer finished off the Phillies with a perfect ninth inning Saturday.

Boyer hasn't officially won a spot yet, but he's almost certain to be a part of the Twins' pen on Opening Day. He's allowed two runs in 10 2/3 innings this spring. Last year, he had a 3.57 ERA in 40 1/3 innings for the Padres.
Mar 28 - 3:51 PM

Twins pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

The surgery date has yet to be determined, but it's a tough blow for the 19-year-old hurler. He will miss the entire 2015 season and could be sidelined for the start of 2016 as well.
Mar 28 - 11:04 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated Saturday that Shane Robinson will make the Opening Day roster.

Robinson is expected to platoon in center field with Jordan Schafer to begin the season. The 30-year-old is a career .231/.303/.308 hitter in 402 big league at-bats, so his fantasy value is minimal outside of the deepest AL-only formats.
Mar 28 - 10:41 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor officially named Danny Santana as his starting shortstop on Saturday.

It comes as no surprise, but it is now official. The 24-year-old has had a very strong spring, hitting .341/.356/.455 with two homers, though his 9/1 K/BB ratio is concerning for a player who could hit out of the leadoff slot.
Mar 28 - 10:38 AM


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