Player News - Twins

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Twins optioned 1B/DH Kennys Vargas to Triple-A Rochester.

After going hitless in eight plate appearances on Sunday (including four strikeouts), Vargas gets the boot. He was hitting .258/.280/.483 with five homers and 19 RBI in 24 games with the Twins.
May 28 - 10:47 PM

Twins placed RHP Justin Haley on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness.

The Rule 5 pick has logged only 16 1/3 innings in nine appearances with the Twins this season, compiling a 6.06 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 13/5 K/BB ratio. He'll return at some point in June.
May 28 - 10:19 PM

Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, an RBI double and three walks in Sunday's 15-inning, 8-6 loss to the Rays.

Beautiful game for Mauer, though the Twins were unable to put it into the win column. Mauer's fine afternoon started with an RBI double off Alex Cobb in the third inning and he later socked a solo opposite-field homer in the seventh. That one tied the game up at 3-3, but the game would see a number of back-and-forths afterward before the Rays finally came out on top via solo homers by Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison in the top of the 15th inning. Overall, Mauer is hitting .283/.363/.408 with three homers and 18 RBI across 152 at-bats.
May 28 - 8:43 PM

Kyle Gibson walked four and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's 15-inning loss to the Rays.

Gibson finished his afternoon having thrown 50 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Despite his lack of control, he was mostly able to keep the Rays at bay on the scoreboard. He struck out four on the afternoon. In his two return outings since being shipped down to the minors to recalibrate at the beginning of May, he has yielded nine runs on 12 hits in 10 1/3 innings. He will carry a bloated 7.85 ERA and 1.96 WHIP into a road showdown with the Angels next time out as he tries to extricate himself from this miserable start to the season.
May 28 - 8:41 PM

Miguel Sano is absent from the Twins' lineup again Sunday.

Manager Paul Molitor is giving the slumping Sano a second straight day off in hopes that it will "take mental stress off him for a couple of days." Eduardo Escobar is again at third base.
May 28 - 11:44 AM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a home run in the ninth inning but held on to earn a save during a 5-3 win over the Rays on Saturday.

He was protecting a three-run lead, so the solo home run by Colby Rasmus didn't have much impact. Kintzler now has 13 saves against just one blown save. He has a splendid 2.05 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
May 27 - 6:26 PM

Adalberto Mejia gave up two runs in five innings and settled for a no-decision against the Rays on Saturday.

He pitched well in his fourth major-league start. Both runs were driven in by Rays' catcher Derek Norris. The first one came on a second-inning single, the second one on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly. The 23-year-old Mejia surrendered six base hits and two walks while notching six strikeouts. He has a 4.64 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 12 walks in 21 1/3 innings.
May 27 - 6:22 PM

Eddie Rosario went 2-for-3 and lined a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Rays.

His homer off Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi tied the game at two runs apiece in the fourth inning. The 25-year-old outfielder has a .257 batting average with four home runs and 12 RBI in 43 games.
May 27 - 6:16 PM

Brian Dozier hit a two-run bomb in a win over the Rays on Saturday.

His longball off reliever Tommy Hunter broke open a tie game in the eighth inning and his club would hold on to win the game. Dozier went 1-for-3 and walked twice in the contest. He has a .255 batting average with seven homers, 22 runs, 19 RBI and seven steals. He has been caught stealing five times. He will need to pick up the pace if he wants to come anywhere close to the 42 dingers he hit last year.
May 27 - 6:12 PM

Miguel Sano is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays.

Sano is in a bit of a funk at the plate, as he's 0-for-13 with 10 strikeouts in his last three games, so skipper Paul Molitor is giving him a day off to clear his head. Ehire Adrianza is starting at shortstop for the Twins while Eduardo Escobar draws the start at third base.
May 27 - 10:50 AM

Twins designated LHP Adam Wilk for assignment.

Wilk was claimed off of waivers from the Mets earlier in the month. He registered a 3.86 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 4/5 K/BB ratio over seven innings with the Twins. There's a chance that he could once again attract interest on waivers.
May 27 - 10:47 AM

Twins recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia from Triple-A Rochester.

Mejia will start for the Twins against the Rays on Saturday afternoon. He did well in a spot start on Sunday, limiting the Royals to three runs on five hits over seven innings in a victory.
May 27 - 10:45 AM

Miguel Sano struck out all four times he was up Friday and is 0-for-13 with 10 strikeouts in his last three games.

Well, it's not like Sano was really going to hit .300 this year. He's down to .292 now, and his OPS is under 1.000 for the first time in a month.
May 27 - 12:49 AM

Tests have ruled out the possibility that Phil Hughes (biceps) could have thoracic outlet syndrome.

He could receive a second opinion. To this point, Hughes has merely been diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis, but there seems to be a feeling that there might be more going on.
May 26 - 5:41 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) could begin facing hitters next week.

Perkins is slated to throw two more bullpen sessions before possibly getting the green light to face hitters for the first time since last year's shoulder surgery. He's obviously still facing a long road back, but it looks like progress is being made.
May 26 - 5:39 PM


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