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Hector Santiago will not be available to pitch in Puerto Rico's showdown with the United States in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final.

This is understandable enough, as Santiago put forth a Herculean effort in Monday's 11-inning semifinal win over the Netherlands. In that contest, the southpaw threw a whopping 63 pitches over 3 1/3 innings. Outside of Santiago, though, everybody else in the Puerto Rico bullpen will be available for Wednesday's grand finale.
Mar 22 - 5:26 PM

Phil Hughes was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in two innings by the Astros on Wednesday.

We're just not very optimistic about Hughes' chances this year, as his stuff already seemed diminished prior to last year's surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He'll be in the rotation initially, but it remains to be seen how much patience the Twins will show.
Mar 22 - 4:35 PM

Drew Stubbs went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, lowering his spring average to .147 in 34 at-bats.

Stubbs was just an insurance signing for the Twins and was only a candidate to make the team if someone got hurt. Still, this ugly spring means he's not likely to draw interest from anyone else who might need an outfielder.
Mar 22 - 4:30 PM

Twins purchased the contract of LHP Craig Breslow from Triple-A Rochester.

Breslow has officially won a spot in the Twins' bullpen. The veteran left-hander fell off the radar last season while pitching in Triple-A, but he has found some extra movement and velocity on his pitches after changing his delivery. While he has allowed just one run on three hits over six innings this spring, he has walked seven batters. Still, it should be an interesting situation to follow.
Mar 22 - 1:23 PM

Twins placed RHP Trevor May on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Craig Breslow. May underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and will miss the entire 2017 season.
Mar 22 - 1:16 PM

Trevor May will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

May received a second opinion on his torn ulnar collateral ligament Tuesday and made the announcement himself via Twitter that he would be going under the knife. It's a bummer for a guy who would have been one of the more talented guys on the Twins' staff, whether it was as a starter or reliever. He'll miss all of 2017 and might get a bit of a late start to 2018.
Mar 21 - 10:09 PM

Twins released RHP Ryan Vogelsong; re-assigned RHPs Jake Reed and Raul Fernandez to minor league camp.

Vogelsong wasn't going to make the rotation, so the Twins threw him a bone and gave him a little more time to find a job elsewhere. The 39-year-old's velocity was way down this spring and he posted a 7.27 ERA, so it's hard to see other teams lining up to sign him.
Mar 21 - 5:08 PM

Kyle Gibson's strong spring continued Tuesday, as he allowed one run over five innings against the Phillies.

The only run came on a Freddy Galvis homer in the fifth. Gibson has a 2.01 ERA and a 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings this spring. We might be more encouraged by that if he didn't also have a 2.78 ERA and a 22/7 K/BB ratio last spring before struggling in April on his way to a very disappointing year.
Mar 21 - 4:56 PM

J.T. Chargois gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday, taking his spring ERA to 8.64.

Chargois fulfilling his potential in short relief would give the Twins pitching staff a big lift this year, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen on Opening Day. He's given up 16 hits, including a couple of homers, while also walking three and hitting two batters in 8 1/3 innings. It adds up to a 2.28 WHIP.
Mar 21 - 4:53 PM

The Twins will meet this week to come up with a plan for Glen Perkins (shoulder) moving forward.

Perkins, the coaching staff, and the medical staff will all be involved in the process. One recent report suggested that the club hasn't ruled out putting Perkins on the 60-day disabled list to begin the season. Either way, it doesn't sound like he's going to be ready in the early part of the season. Perkins is coming back from labrum surgery.
Mar 21 - 10:00 AM

Trevor May is expected to get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday.

May was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow about a week and a half ago. Tommy John surgery remains the most likely scenario here, but naturally he's getting another opinion before going through with such a procedure. Assuming Tommy John surgery is necessary, May would miss the entire 2017 season and would likely get a late start on the 2018 season, as well.
Mar 21 - 9:48 AM

Ryan O'Rourke (elbow) is expected to begin the year on the disabled list.

The good news is that there's no structural damage in the elbow, but O'Rourke is dealing with a strained flexor mass. He'll be shut down for 10 days before trying to ramp things up.
Mar 21 - 9:44 AM

Eddie Rosario delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as Puerto Rico defeated the Netherlands 4-3 to advance to the World Baseball Classic championship game.

It was an anticlimactic end to a brilliant and compelling game. The score was tied at 3-3 after 10 innings, so by WBC rules, runners were put on first and second base to begin the 11th. The Netherlands got the first crack at getting a run across, but they were unsuccessful after Curt Smith grounded into an inning-ending double play. Puerto Rico had better luck, as Yadier Molina dropped down a successful sacrifice bunt before Javier Baez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Rosario then hit a fly ball to shallow center field, but Jurickson Profar didn't have enough on his throw to cut down the runner at home plate. Puerto Rico will play the winner of Team USA vs. Japan, which will take place on Tuesday. The championship game will be played on Wednesday.
Mar 21 - 8:26 AM

Tyler Duffey started and threw five scoreless innings Monday in the Twins' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Duffey was bombed in his second outing this spring, but he's allowed just one run over 10 innings in the last three. That, combined with Trevor May's injury, has greatly enhanced his chances of making the Twins. Still, as bad as he was last year, it'd seem to be time for the franchise to try someone with more upside.
Mar 20 - 5:50 PM

Adalberto Mejia surrendered a pair of solo homers over four innings of relief Monday against the Blue Jays.

Though Mejia would seem to be the much more serious rotation candidate than Tyler Duffey at this point, he pitched in relief of Duffey today. The home run ball always figures to be Mejia's biggest issue; he'll get his strikeouts and do a fine job of limiting walks, but he allows a whole lot of flyballs. It's why we're skeptical that he'd be worth using in AL-only leagues if he gets that rotation spot.
Mar 20 - 5:48 PM


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