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Ricky Nolasco will undergo surgery on his right ankle on Monday.

Nolasco first hurt his ankle back in late May and attempts to rehab it proved unsuccessful. There's no timetable for his return, but you'd have to think there's a good chance his season is over. If that's the case, Nolasco will have posted a 5.40 ERA over just 34 starts in his first two seasons with the Twins after signing a four-year, $49 million contract.
Jul 6 - 8:02 PM

Twins RHP prospect Kohl Stewart worked seven innings Sunday, allowing two runs and five hits in a no-decision for High-A Fort Myers.

It was Stewart's longest outing since May 23. The six strikeouts he recorded were a season-high. Stewart has made strides but he still has a long way to go. Opponents have hit a robust .284 against the right-hander this season. At least he's only let up one homer in 72 2/3 innings.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 6 - 4:49 PM

Twins activated OF Shane Robinson from the 7-day family emergency list.

Robinson's daughter had to undergo an operation over the weekend. He should get some at-bats in center field for the Twins.
Jul 6 - 4:11 PM

Twins placed RHP Ryan Pressly on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 5, with a right lat strain.

Pressly underwent an MRI on Sunday that apparently confirmed the strained lat. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but it figures to be longer than a minimum DL stay.
Jul 6 - 4:10 PM

Miguel Sano went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Santana's double in the second inning scored Trevor Plouffe and put the Twins out to a 1-0 lead. The two-bagger was his second of the season, as was the RBI. Since being called up on July 2, the 22-year-old has collected a hit in all four games and is 6-for-15. He hit .274/.374/.544 with 15 homers and 48 RBI over 66 games at Double-A prior to ascending to the majors. We've yet to see the home run power come to play, but Sano has not been overwhelmed by the jump over Triple-A thus far.
Jul 5 - 4:47 PM

Ervin Santana was almost untouchable in Sunday's no-decision against the Royals, striking out eight and allowing just two runs on three hits over eight innings in the team's 3-2 loss.

Given that Santana had been sitting on the restricted list for his use of performance-enhancing drugs over the last 80 games, few could have expected him to come roaring out in mid-season form. That he did, though, that he did. After eight innings, Santana had thrown just 93 pitches. He posted sub-4.00 ERAs in each of his last two seasons and mixed league formats would do well to consider him as a pickup if he's floating out there.
Jul 5 - 4:39 PM

Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Royals.

Did somebody ask for fireworks in Kansas City? Mauer wasted little time putting the Twins on the board this Fourth of July, taking Joe Blanton deep to right after a Brian Dozier single in the first inning and staking his team to a 2-0 lead. Mauer would also double and single in the contest to finish 4-for-5. Despite a relatively light (by his standards) slash-line of .272/.341/.388, Mauer's been a productive run-producer and has now driven in 43 runs. His career best for RBI in a season was 96 in 2009 and while he's unlikely match that this year, an RBI total in the mid-to-high 80's is within reach at the rate he's currently going.
Jul 4 - 11:08 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched inconsistently in Saturday's no-decision against the Royals, yielding three runs on seven hits over four-plus innings.

In addition to the seven hits allowed, Pelfrey also walked three batters in what was generally just an off start. The three runs on his line all scored to open the fifth inning. After a fantastic start to the season, Pelfrey's numbers have gradually started to slide and with a WHIP of 1.49, it's likely that his 3.98 ERA still has some upward movement in store for it. He'll continue his fight against the ravages of numerical inevitability in a home start against the Tigers next time he takes the ball.
Jul 4 - 11:02 PM

Ryan Pressly left Saturday's game against the Royals with a high lat strain.

Pressly pitched a scoreless sixth inning before coming out. It was initially thought to be a shoulder strain but now manager Paul Molitor think it's a lat injury. Pressly will have an MRI on Sunday. The 26-year-old could be headed to the disabled list.
Jul 4 - 10:57 PM

Twins signed RHP Scott Atchison to a minor league contract.

Atchison posted a 6.86 ERA in 23 games before getting released by the Indians last week. The 39-year-old has logged 298 appearances over nine big league seasons.
Jul 4 - 9:14 PM

The Twins are moving Trevor May to the bullpen.

There was speculation Minnesota would go with a six-man rotation upon Ervin Santana's return, but clearly that's not happening. Manager Paul Molitor said May's move to the pen isn't permanent and suggested the Twins could reassess the rotation after the All-Star break.
Jul 4 - 5:34 PM

Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the restricted list.

Santana has finally finished serving his 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. He will make his Twins debut on Sunday against the Royals. He was terrific in three minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Rochester, registering a 1.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 11/4 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings. He's worth a look in any mixed leagues where he remains available.
Jul 4 - 8:32 AM

Brian Dozier went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Royals.

Ouchie. Rough game aside, Dozier is putting in a fine season and is currently slashing .260/.331/.514 with 16 homers, 40 RBI and seven steals. His combination of speed and power make him one of the best fantasy chips at his position.
Jul 4 - 12:35 AM

Miguel Sano collected his first major league RBI in Friday's loss to the Royals.

The all-universe prospect singled home Eddie Rosario in the second inning. He later added a double to finish 2-for-4. Sano did strike out twice, but Twin fans should be happy to see that he seems to be fitting in just fine to start his major league career. Sano hit .274/.374/.544 with 15 homers and 48 RBI through 66 Double-A games prior to his call-up.
Jul 4 - 12:30 AM

Tommy Milone held the Royals down on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings.

Outside of a run-scoring single by Lorenzo Cain in the third inning, Milone managed to keep the Royals off the scoreboard. He struck out five and walked just one in hurling his fifth quality start in a row. The southpaw now owns a 3.02 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Deeper AL-only formats should consider him as a pick-up, particularly with the way he's pitching at the moment. He won't strike out many batters, but his numbers are rock solid.
Jul 4 - 12:20 AM


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