Player News - Twins

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Miguel Sano (hamstring) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in a rehab game Tuesday night with Triple-A Rochester.

The home run sailed out just right of dead-center, per Rochester Red Wings play-by-play man Josh Whetzel. Sano had been 1-for-8 with three walks since beginning his rehab assignment this past Saturday. He should be cleared to return to the Twins' active roster by the end of the week.
May 22 - 9:22 PM

Trevor May (elbow) allowed three earned runs over four innings Tuesday in a rehab start with Triple-A Rochester.

May was supposed to go five innings, but his pitch count rose quickly as he surrendered two walks and three hits -- including a homer to former teammate Trevor Plouffe. The 28-year-old right-hander has displayed diminished fastball velocity in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and will likely need a couple more minor league rehab outings before the Twins consider adding him to their active roster.
May 22 - 8:20 PM

Twins acquired 1B Chris Carter from the Angels for cash considerations; assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

Carter was off to a terrific start this season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, boasting a .933 OPS with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 38 games. He could soon join the Twins' active roster if Joe Mauer's concussion symptoms linger.
May 22 - 7:14 PM

Trevor May (elbow) is expected to work five innings in a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Rochester.

He'll then go six innings at Rochester on Sunday and could come off the 60-day disabled list after that. It remains unclear whether May will be used as a starter or reliever at the major league level. He is making his way back from Tommy John surgery.
May 22 - 5:39 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) is scheduled to throw around 60 pitches in his first minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Chattanooga.

He will then advance to a 75-pitch outing May 28 at Triple-A Rochester. One more rehab start will likely follow, though it hasn't been determined where that will be. Santana has been out all season after requiring a capsular release (debridement) procedure on his right middle finger in early February. He could eventually carry some mixed-league fantasy value, but there are still some hurdles to clear.
May 22 - 5:31 PM

Jorge Polanco (suspended) can begin a 20-game rehab assignment in the minor leagues starting on June 12.

Polanco will be able to play 20 games at the minor league level -- essentially a spring training for the shortstop -- before being eligible to return to the Twins on July 2, assuming there are no cancelled games beforehand. The 25-year-old shortstop was suspended for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol in March. He should return to being Minnesota's regular shortstop once eligible to play.
May 22 - 1:05 PM

The Twins have promoted prospect shortstop Nick Gordon to Triple-A Rochester.

Gordon earned the promotion after batting .333/.381/.525 with five homers and seven steals through 42 games while repeating Double-A. The 22-year-old is now just one step away from the majors, though it's unclear where he'll ultimately fit. It could be second base if Brian Dozier leaves via free agency after 2018. The Twins still have Jorge Polanco (currently serving a PED suspension), but there's also the chance that top prospect Royce Lewis moves quickly through the system.
May 22 - 12:16 PM

Twins recalled OF Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Rochester.

He'll replace Phil Hughes on the active roster. LaMarre has played well when given the opportunity this year, hitting .324 (11-for-34) over 20 games. The 29-year-old will provide some outfield depth.
May 22 - 11:40 AM

Twins designated RHP Phil Hughes for assignment.

Hughes still has more than $22 million remaining on his contract that runs through the end of next season, which the Twins are still responsible for. They're wisely treating it as a sunk cost and moving on. Hughes holds a 5.99 ERA since the beginning of 2016 and has looked worse than ever this year after coming back from a second thoracic outlet surgery. He'll turn 32 next month and will undoubtedly have to settle for a minor league contract wherever he winds up.
May 21 - 11:24 PM

Fernando Rodney earned his 10th save of the season Monday night against the Tigers.

Rodney needed just 12 pitches in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, as he induced three consecutive outfield flyouts from Nicholas Castellanos, Victor Martinez, and John Hicks. The veteran closer has a strong 2.70 ERA in 18 appearances this year.
May 21 - 11:08 PM

Jose Berrios held the Tigers to two runs over eight innings Monday in the Twins' 4-2 victory.

Nicholas Castellanos popped Berrios for a solo homer in the top of the first inning and an RBI single in the top of the third, but the 23-year-old right-hander allowed just one other hit and struck out nine in his second straight dominant outing. Berrios has brought his season ERA down to 3.82 and he's also rocking an impressive 0.91 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings this year. Up next is a road start against the Mariners.
May 21 - 11:06 PM

Joe Mauer (concussion) got treatment at Target Field on Monday and his issues with sensitivity to light and balance are "a little better," according to Twins manager Paul Molitor.

Mauer was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a concussion and given his history the Twins will obviously proceed very cautiously here. Logan Morrison will handle first base for a while and Robbie Grossman should see most of the starts in the designated hitter spot.
May 21 - 5:47 PM

Logan Morrison hit a bases-loaded, go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning of Sunday's 3-1 win over the Brewers.

With two on and one out, the Brewers opted to intentionally walk Eduardo Escobar to bring up Morrison to face lefty reliever Boone Logan with the bases loaded. LoMo won the battle, lining a single off the right field wall to plate two. Morrison now has 17 RBI to go with a disappointing .211/.318/.376 line in 39 games this year.
May 20 - 7:15 PM

Max Kepler had an RBI single and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Kepler plated the first run of the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning. He also walked twice in the contest, and one of those walks turned into a run in the decisive eighth inning. Kepler is having another productive year in the Twins lineup, batting .250/.337/.466 with six homers, 19 RBI and 19 runs scored in 42 games.
May 20 - 7:01 PM

Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday against the Brewers, earning his ninth save of the season.

Protecting a two-run lead, Rodney made quick work of Domingo Santana, Jonathan Villar and Tyler Saladino to finish the Brewers off. Rodney had a few blips in late April but has been lights out in May, rattling off eight scoreless appearances while securing six saves. The good stretch has reasserted his place in the back end of the Twins' bullpen, and has lowered his ERA to 2.87 in 17 appearances this year.
May 20 - 6:46 PM


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