Player News - Twins

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Byung Ho Park went 2-for-2 with a single and a double as the Twins fell to the Rays in Grapefruit League competition on Friday.

Serving as the club's designated hitter in this one, Park singled in his first at-bat then nearly missed a home run with a line drive double off the wall. While it's a nice start, Park is no longer on the 40-man roster, so it'll take a very strong showing in the spring for him to crack the Opening Day roster.
Feb 24 - 10:07 PM

Kyle Gibson looked sharp in his Grapefruit League opener against the Rays on Friday, allowing just two hits over 1 2/3 scoreless innings of work.

Gibson punched out a pair and didn't walk a batter. It's the first look that we have seen of the right-hander with his new delivery, designed to protect his shoulder. Gibson ran his fastball up to 94 mph in the outing and afterwards said he felt very comfortable with the revamped delivery.
Feb 24 - 10:07 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw 15 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.

It was his third bullpen session since arriving to camp. "I'm happy with how I feel," said Perkins, who ramped up the intensity a bit on Wednesday. The southpaw is coming back from surgery last June to repair a torn labrum and there's a good chance he'll begin the season on the disabled list. Still, he's making progress.
Feb 22 - 12:48 PM

Kyle Gibson has changed his delivery in hopes of protecting his shoulder.

Gibson missed seven weeks with a shoulder strain last year, so after consulting with one of his former coaches at the University of Missouri, he reached out to Randy Sullivan of the Florida Baseball Ranch during the offseason to make some changes. They've been aiming to get his arm to "pronate properly at the end of his delivery" and so far he's happy with the results. "It’s like a golf swing," said Gibson. "Once you hit, you’re not adding anything (by extending); the ball is gone. This way, your shoulder has more time to slow down. I feel a huge difference." Gibson, 29, will hope for better results after putting up a rough 5.07 ERA over 25 starts last season.
Feb 22 - 11:33 AM

Twins general manager Thad Levine said on Fantasy Sports Radio on Tuesday that Brandon Kintzler will be "given every opportunity to start the year in the closer's role."

It's not surprising, as Glen Perkins is making his way back from labrum surgery and could begin the year on the disabled list. Kintzler served as the closer for the bulk of the 2016 season and posted a 3.15 ERA, 17 saves, and a 35/8 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings. Perkins could regain the role if he proves his health and effectiveness, but Kintzler is the pitcher to own in this bullpen for now.
Feb 21 - 10:28 AM

Mason Melotakis (oblique) remains shut down from throwing.

Melotakis suffered an oblique strain prior to reporting to camp and now he's a bit behind the other pitchers. The 25-year-old posted a 2.97 ERA and 42/12 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 relief innings in Double-A last season and is likely ticketed for the minors to begin the year.
Feb 21 - 9:45 AM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) will throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday.

Perkins felt some minor discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder after arriving to camp, but he has thrown a couple of bullpen sessions in recent days. The real test will be to see how he responds to ramping things up to batting practice and game action. The Twins aren't going to rush things here, so he's a possibility to start the year on the disabled list. Brandon Kintzler is expected to begin the season as the Twins' closer.
Feb 21 - 9:35 AM

Twins signed RHP Seth Rosin to a minor league contract.

Rosin allowed eight earned runs on 14 hits in just 8 2/3 innings last season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Padres. The 28-year-old right-hander will be nothing more than organizational bullpen depth for Minnesota.
Feb 20 - 9:47 AM

Kennys Vargas spent a week over the winter taking hitting lessons in the Dominican Republic from Manny Ramirez.

Vargas was introduced by teammate Miguel Sano who declined Ramirez' invitation. Along with working on the mental aspect of hitting, the 26-year-old slugger was encouraged by Ramirez to elevate the ball more. While it isn't a guarantee of success, taking the advice of future Hall of Famers can't hurt Vargas' chances in 2017.
Feb 19 - 8:42 PM

Mason Melotakis still felt something with his strained oblique when he threw on flat ground Saturday.

The relief prospect will be shut down for a few days. Melotakis entered camp as a long shot to win an Opening Day roster spot and the oblique injury certainly won't help his chances.
Feb 19 - 9:33 AM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw a successful 15-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

It was his second bullpen since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in June. Twins manager Paul Molitor estimated that Perkins was throwing at about 75 percent effort. Perkins also took part in fielding drills including throwing to bases. Perkins is making definite progress but is still a long shot for Opening Day and could begin the year on the disabled list.
Feb 18 - 5:18 PM

Tyler Duffey said Friday that while he's competing for a spot in the Twins' starting rotation, he's also willing to work out of the bullpen if it will help the team.

The right-hander elaborated, "I've done it before, so even when I'm starting, I still feel that closer in me from college... Whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do. I'm very open to both." Duffey struggled with his command in 2016, registering a 6.43 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 133 innings in 26 starts for the Twins.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 17 - 6:44 PM

Mason Melotakis is behind schedule after suffering an oblique strain prior to the beginning of Twins camp.

The relief prospect hasn't thrown off a mound yet and it will probably be a little while before he's cleared to do so. Melotakis is unlikely to make the Twins' Opening Day roster.
Feb 17 - 9:38 AM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session on Saturday.

Perkins felt discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder while playing catch last week, but he apparently bounced back well from a bullpen session Tuesday and is ready to try things from the bump again. It's going to be a long road back for the former closer.
Feb 17 - 9:28 AM

Phil Hughes (thoracic outlet syndrome) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday.

Hughes underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in July -- the procedure consisted of having a rib removed to alleviate pressure on his right shoulder -- and finished up a throwing program at the end of the regular season. He first threw off the mound in December and has now thrown in the neighborhood of five or six bullpens this offseason. "Nothing has really changed in my arm, except my rib is gone," Hughes said. "So I don't see things being very different from that. From everything I've heard, it's supposed to be a pretty smooth process to come back from." Barring a setback in spring training, he should be ready to roll come Opening Day.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 15 - 4:16 PM


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