Player News - Twins

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Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Astros.

The home run was Nunez's second of the weekend series and his fourth of the season. Playing in a utility role, he's posted some respectable numbers, including a .268/.305/.433 triple-slash with the four homers, 19 RBI and five steals across 164 at-bats. He doesn't see enough playing time for legitimate fantasy consideration, but as a real-life baseball player, he's doing exactly what he should be doing.
Aug 30 - 5:26 PM

Ervin Santana brought some of his better stuff to the party in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Astros, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

Santana struck out 10 and did not issue a free pass on the afternoon. The 10 strikeouts represented a season-high. He desperately needed a strong start like this. In his first four outings after returning from a PED suspension, he held a 2.60 ERA. That's jumped to 5.40 in the seven starts since. These same Astros will be the opponent next he toes the rubber, though the game will be in Houston for that affair.
Aug 30 - 5:24 PM

Phil Hughes (back) is tentatively scheduled to resume throwing off a mound mid- to late-week.

Hughes was originally expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible, but his back injury has lingered. The right-hander is looking at a mid-September return in a best-case scenario.
Aug 30 - 1:25 PM

Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will be used as a corner outfielder when he returns from the disabled list.

Hicks began a rehab assignment Saturday and should be activated at some point this week. There's no spot for him in center field with Byron Buxton around, but Hicks was really playing well before getting hurt and should be in the lineup regularly. The odd man out could be Torii Hunter, who has been receiving a lot of days off of late and is down to .232/.290/.401 for the season. "People are excited to see the day when Buxton, Hicks and (Eddie) Rosario are out there together," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We’ll have to figure it out day-to-day, what gives us the best chance to win a game."
Aug 30 - 9:47 AM

Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

The Twins didn't do anything with either of their All-Star second baseman's doubles, as Dozier did not score a run in the contest. With the pair of two-baggers, he's now hit 33 doubles in each of the last three seasons. Dozier's worked to a .245/.315/.478 triple-slash while smacking 26 homers with 66 RBI, 88 runs scored and 10 steals in 2015.
Aug 29 - 10:45 PM

Mike Pelfrey struggled in Saturday's loss to the Astros, yielding four runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

The Astros broke through with a run in the first, then posted three more in the fourth to drive Pelfrey from the game. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.85 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He allows his share of runners on base, but to this point, the lackluster WHIP hasn't come back to bite him. He'll try to keep it that way in a road rematch with the Astros next Friday.
Aug 29 - 10:41 PM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is back in the Twins' starting lineup Saturday versus the Astros.

Sano sat out Friday as a precautionary measure due to some mild tightness in his right hamstring. He is at DH and batting cleanup against Houston left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Aug 29 - 4:17 PM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is expected to return to the Twins lineup on Saturday.

Sano sat out Friday's game as a precautionary measure due to a minor hamstring injury, but he's fully expected to be ready to go on Saturday. The 22-year-old is hitting an impressive .289/.394/.584 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 47 games.
Aug 29 - 2:04 PM

Glen Perkins (back) struck out two in a scoreless inning of work on Friday in his return to the mound.

Perkins has been dealing with a back issue and was briefly pulled from his ninth inning duties until manager Paul Molitor felt that he was fully healthy and could be counted on to remain in that role. Apparently he saw all that he needed on Friday, saying afterwards that Perkins would move back to the closer's role.
Aug 29 - 8:13 AM

Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Friday's win over the Astros.

Nunez cranked a solo home run in the third inning off Astros starter Scott Kazmir for the game's first run. He would also drive home the game's final run just an inning later, this time on a ground out. The utility infielder's done a nice job in his relatively limited playing time, hitting .269/.306/.419 with three homers, 17 RBI and five steals over 160 at-bats.
Aug 29 - 12:43 AM

Byron Buxton struggled in Friday's win over the Astros, finishing 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Hey, it could have been worse. He could have struck out four times, as he did on Thursday. The rookie is 16-for-75 with three doubles, a triple and no homers this season. The numbers have been poor to this point, but at just 21 years old, it's not a surprise that he's found tough sledding early on. Things will improve.
Aug 29 - 12:38 AM

Kyle Gibson didn't allow a run to score in Friday's win over the Astros, tossing 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Gibson scattered four hits while striking out four and walking three. While he kept the Astros off the scoreboard, he wasn't particularly efficient with his pitches and had thrown 111 when he was pulled with two outs in the sixth inning. He'll take a 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 111/55 K/BB ratio (over 158 innings) into a road date with the Royals next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 29 - 12:19 AM

Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.

He'll remain there for a couple days before returning on September 3 when he's first eligible. Hick has missed the last couple weeks with a left hamstring strain.
Aug 28 - 5:39 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (back) is expected to be available Friday but won't return to his closer role immediately.

Molitor wants Perkins to show that he can be healthy and effective until he puts him back in the ninth inning. It will probably only take an appearance or two, but until then Kevin Jepsen will continue to handle the closing duties.
Aug 28 - 5:38 PM

Miguel Sano is not playing Friday due to a minor right hamstring injury.

Sano had been slated to play third base, but Twins manager Paul Molitor has decided to play it safe and sit him out. The hope is that he'll be ready to return to the designated hitter spot Saturday.
Aug 28 - 5:35 PM

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