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Brian Duensing (quad) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Duensing has been battling a bruised left quad but is evidently over the ailment. He'll serve in middle relief for the Twins this season.
Mar 27 - 8:48 AM

Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume all baseball activities.

It's not clear when he'll play in a Grapefruit League game again, but Pinto is apparently no longer experiencing concussion-related symptoms. He's been on the shelf for a week of action. Pinto is expected to open the season as the Twins' primary backup behind Kurt Suzuki.
Mar 27 - 8:46 AM

Tommy Milone surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

It sounds as though the Twins are far from committed to Mike Pelfrey in the rotation, which could lead to Milone getting the gig. He has a 4.50 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring, so he's not exactly running away with the gig.
Mar 26 - 4:48 PM

Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Arcia thought the triple was a homer and was caught admiring it, though it didn't prevent him from getting to third, at least. There's been a little talk about the Twins sending Arcia down, though that seems just crazy. He's a bad defensive outfielder, but that's not news to anyone, and if the Twins were worried about playing bad defensive outfielders, they wouldn't have signed Torii Hunter. At age 23, Arcia was just as productive of a hitter as Hunter last year, and he should be the better of the two this season.
Mar 26 - 4:47 PM

Glen Perkins threw a perfect inning Thursday afternoon in a minor league game.

Perkins needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame and struck out two of the three batters he faced. The left-hander was slowed by an oblique strain earlier this spring, but it looks like he'll carry a clean bill of health into the regular season. Perkins should again have good value as a fantasy closer, even if the Twins don't win many games.
Mar 26 - 1:29 PM

Josmil Pinto (concussion) is planning to hit in a batting cage Thursday in Twins camp.

Pinto suffered a concussion last Saturday when he was hit in the head by a backswing. He's hoping to get back into Grapefruit League action over the weekend and he should be fine for the start of the season.
Mar 26 - 10:23 AM

Kyle Gibson allowed one run and two hits over six innings Wednesday against the Rays.

Gibson struck out seven and lowered his spring ERA to 2.73. We're still not sure he's a legitimate breakout candidate this year, but he should be the Twins' second best starter ahead of expensive veterans Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana.
Mar 25 - 5:30 PM

Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume limited baseball activity.

Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a backswing on Saturday, but he plans to hit in the cage Wednesday and perhaps even do some catching work. The Twins will surely keep an eye on him to see how he responds, but it sounds like he won't miss much time.
Mar 25 - 9:40 AM

Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer Tuesday as part of the Twins' 6-5 defeat of the Blue Jays.

Hunter needs to pick it up; he's working on a streak of seven straight exhibition seasons with at least a .300 average. Right now, he's at .269 through 29 at-bats. The homer, hit off Chad Jenkins, was his first.
Mar 24 - 5:36 PM

Ricky Nolasco fanned six while allowing one run over five innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Nolasco has a 3.95 ERA and a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this spring. It's hardly worth it for fantasy leaguers to get excited about it, but if he's just an adequate middle-of-the-rotation guy this year, it'll give the Twins quite a lift.
Mar 24 - 5:35 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that Josmil Pinto (concussion) is doing better.

Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by Adam Jones' backswing on Saturday. He has resumed riding a bike, but it's unclear when he'll be ready for baseball activities. Obviously the Twins will handle the situation with care.
Mar 24 - 1:09 PM

Twins signed 2B Brian Dozier to a four-year, $20 million contract extension.

The two sides were reportedly making progress on an extension earlier this month, but it's now official. Dozier will make $2 million this season, $3 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, and $9 million in 2018. No options are included. The deal doesn't buy out any of his free agent years, but it gives the Twins some cost certainty for his arbitration years. It's also a nice reward for Dozier, who is coming off a solid 2014 season where he batted .242/.345/.416 with 23 home runs, 71 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
Mar 24 - 8:43 AM

Twins optioned RHP A.J. Achter to Triple-A Rochester; reassigned C Tyler Grimes, INFs James Beresford and Jose Martinez, and OFs Eric Farris and Danny Ortiz to minor league camp.

Achter, 26, appeared in six games with the Twins last September and posted a 2.38 ERA with 69 strikeouts over 72 innings in 2014 at Triple-A. He should find his way into the Twins' bullpen at some point this year.
Mar 24 - 8:36 AM

Twins optioned RHP Stephen Pryor to Triple-A Rochester.

Pryor, who was acquired from Seattle in the Kendrys Morales deal, allowed one run over six innings this spring to go along with one strikeout and one walk. The 25-year-old could surface in Minnesota's bullpen this spring if he shows better control and his pre-lat surgery velocity.
Mar 23 - 5:20 PM

Mike Pelfrey yielded two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

Pelfrey walked two, struck out two and gave up a homer to Cody Asche, so it wasn't a very good FIP day. However, he got 10 outs on the ground, compared to just two through the air, and that's pretty much the key to any moderate success he might experience this year. He's probably going to be named the Twins' fifth starter.
Mar 23 - 4:35 PM

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