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Oswaldo Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Monday.

Arcia is battling a mild illness that seems to be making its way around the Twins' complex. It's not a big deal. The 23-year-old outfielder will be looking to take another big step forward in 2015 after batting .231/.300/.452 with 20 home runs in 103 games last season.
Mar 2 - 8:51 AM

Trevor Plouffe (illness) got back to work Monday morning in Twins camp.

Plouffe sat out of team workouts Saturday and Sunday due to a mild illness. It wasn't a serious concern.
Mar 2 - 8:29 AM

Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters for the first time on Saturday since undergoing elbow surgery in May.

The veteran right-hander came away from the session feeling great and he was pleased with his overall ability to locate pitches. While he's in camp competing for a spot in the Twins' Opening Day rotation, he has indicated that he's also open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen.
Feb 28 - 2:37 PM

Trevor Plouffe missed Saturday's workout due to illness.

Plouffe attended the team's morning meeting before being sent home. He'll probably take it easy for a couple of days, but it certainly isn't anything that will impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
Feb 28 - 1:52 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that he will use Glen Perkins in a conventional closer role and doesn't plan on using him for more than one inning.

In other words, Molitor doesn't plan on changing from the approach of former manager Ron Gardenhire. Perkins has 70 saves over the past two seasons, but only two of them required more than three outs. "I'm not big on expanding his role past the ninth inning in the short term," said Molitor. "Part of the success we want to have is to have guys who can bridge us however long that is. As the season goes, once in a while there could be those opportunities. But in the short term, I don't see that happening."
Feb 26 - 5:23 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that Joe Mauer will hit no lower than third in the order this season.

It will either be second or third. Molitor's decision will ultimately hinge on where he sees Brian Dozier and Danny Santana hitting. "I've toyed with how different things might shake, but it's hard to be presumptuous because we have a few positions where we don't know who that will be," said Molitor. "It might influence what happens. I don't think he's going to have to worry about being anywhere on the backside of three." Mauer batted just .277/.361/.371 with four homers and 55 RBI over 120 games last season and doesn't hold nearly as much fantasy appeal as he once did now that he's only eligible at first base.
Feb 26 - 4:57 PM

Alex Meyer will leave Twins' camp following the death of his grandfather.

Meyer will miss two workouts and should be back in a few days. The 25-year-old right-hander is one of the Twins' top prospects and should make his major league debut this year.
Feb 25 - 1:12 PM

Michael Tonkin told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Jason Kubel isn't "actively seeking" a contract.

Tonkin is Kubel's brother-in-law, so he would likely know. Kubel, who turns 33 in May, batted just .224/.313/.295 with one home run over 176 plate appearances for the Twins last season before being released in June. He's not officially retired, but a return doesn't sound imminent.
Feb 25 - 9:49 AM

Danny Santana added about seven pounds of muscle during the offseason.

Santana skipped the Dominican Winter League and worked out with trainer Franklin Reynoso instead. After ending last season at around 178 pounds, he checked in at 185 pounds during TwinsFest last month. "Sometimes it was 2 1/2 or three hours," said Santana. "I feel good. We worked a lot on my shoulders and my legs." It will be difficult for the 24-year-old Santana to maintain his .319/.353/.472 batting line from last season, but he offers speed and should begin 2015 with an everyday job.
Feb 24 - 10:00 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Phil Hughes is penciled in as his Opening Day starter.

A no-brainer here. Hughes, 28, posted a terrific 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio across 209 2/3 innings last season for the Twins and signed a three-year, $42 million contract extension in December.
Feb 23 - 12:20 PM

Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) is expected to have a normal spring training.

Sano missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he's now almost 12 months removed from the procedure and has been doing baseball activities all winter. "At this point there’s nothing he won’t be able to do," Twins minor league director Brad Steil said Thursday in camp. "He’s able to do everything in the workouts." The 21-year-old could make his MLB debut in late 2015 if everything goes right.
Feb 19 - 10:35 AM

Twins prospect right-hander Kohl Stewart says his shoulder is now 100 percent and that it has "never been as strong as it is right now."

Stewart posted a 2.59 ERA with a 62/24 K/BB ratio in 87 across 19 starts with Low-A Cedar Rapids last season, but he was bothered by a shoulder issue during the second half. Fortunately, he's feeling much better after getting some time to rest. Selected No. 4 overall in 2013, the 20-year-old still needs to build up his innings and is likely a couple of years away, but he has the potential to be an impact starter in the majors.
Feb 3 - 12:17 PM

Glen Perkins (forearm, elbow) believes that he is fully recovered from the forearm strain and nerve irritation that ended his season prematurely, and he'll be ready to go for the start of spring training.

Perkins underwent a precautionary MRI early in the offseason that ruled out any structural damage to his UCL. The Twins closer began his throwing program in mid-December and by all accounts everything has gone smoothly. While there's always risk involved with elbow and arm injuries, it looks like Perkins will be ready for the start of the season.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 25 - 11:05 PM

Alex Meyer has admitted to being open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Twins.

Meyer is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring, and his future in the organization is still as a starter, but if he doesn't win a spot he could still help the team in a spot starter/long relief role.
Jan 25 - 5:31 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said top prospect Byron Buxton could make his major league debut this season.

"I don't see him breaking camp with us but I do see maybe surfacing in the major leagues in 2015," Ryan told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to injury, so he'll likely begin the season at Double-A. He's still just 21 years old, though, and has as high an upside as anyone in the minors. When he does surface in the majors, he'll be a must-own for fantasy purposes.
Jan 24 - 5:35 PM


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