Player News - Twins

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Ervin Santana took a no-decision after tossing five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Yankees.

Santana held the Yankees scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Beltran in his final inning of work. He fanned two and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now delivered back-to-back encouraging starts against New York. He’ll try to carry that momentum into a start against the Rangers next Friday at home.
Jun 25 - 4:10 PM

Brian Dozier socked a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

His second-inning blast off Michael Pineda was the only offense of the day for the Twins. Dozier got off to a miserable start at the plate this season, but he’s batting .337 with 14 extra-base hits (including four homers), 13 RBI, and three steals over 23 games this month. We don’t expect the batting average to last, but he’s safe to use again in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 25 - 4:09 PM

The Twins are hopeful that Trevor Plouffe (groin) will play Sunday.

Plouffe suffered a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he went through baseball activities Saturday and felt good. At the very least, it appears likely he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Jun 25 - 12:54 PM

Trevor Plouffe (groin) could take some swings in the cage on Saturday.

Plouffe was held out of the lineup Friday after suffering a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he's feeling some improvement. The Twins are optimistic he'll be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but it depends on how he responds in the next couple of days.
Jun 25 - 10:48 AM

Joe Mauer will serve as the designated hitter Saturday versus the Yankees.

The Twins are using the same lineup they did on Friday, but Mauer will DH and Byung Ho Park will play first base.
Jun 25 - 10:20 AM

Tommy Milone gave up four runs (one earned) in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Yankees.

His defense made a couple of errors behind him, but Milone looked really shaky after the first time through the order. He gave up six hits and a pair of walks before being pulled. The southpaw earned another shot in the Twins’ rotation after a dominant stint in Triple-A, but we’re not looking for much in the way of fantasy value here. He has a matchup against the White Sox next week on the road.
Jun 24 - 10:16 PM

Trevor May (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Rochester.

May is scheduled to throw an inning on Sunday. The Twins might want to see him pitch on back-to-back days before activating him. The 26-year-old has been sidelined for about two weeks with back spasms.
Jun 24 - 6:58 PM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) will play third base on Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Rochester in his first two rehab games.

He'll then serve as a designated hitter on Sunday. That could be all the rehab contests Sano needs, and it's certainly notable that the Twins don't appear to intend to play him in the outfield at all at Rochester. He could handle third base for the Twins if Trevor Plouffe (groin) winds up needing a disabled list stint, and we can't rule out the possibility that the Twins are done with Sano in the outfield. There's been talk of sending Byung-ho Park to the minors, so Sano could wind up in the designated hitter spot.
Jun 24 - 6:03 PM

Trevor Plouffe (groin) is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

Plouffe tweaked his right groin on Thursday. The feeling is that it's a minor ailment, but he could need a few days of rest. Eduardo Nunez had slid over to third base and Eduardo Escobar will get a start at shortstop Friday.
Jun 24 - 3:57 PM

Trevor May (back) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

If it goes well, he'll be sent to Triple-A Rochester to begin a rehab assignment. May, who has been out the last two weeks with back spasms, has posted a 6.08 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 40/10 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings this season.
Jun 24 - 8:49 AM

Twins signed first-round pick OF Alex Kirilloff.

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Kirilloff will receive a bonus of $2.8171 million, which matches the slot value for the No. 15 pick. Kirilloff is a left-handed swinging corner outfielder from the high school ranks.
Jun 24 - 8:48 AM

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Byung-ho Park could be optioned to Triple-A Rochester when Miguel Sano (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.

Sano is set to begin a rehab assignment on Friday before likely being activated next week. Park is 2-for-28 over his last eight games to drop his season line to .200/.283/.429, and he's been benched fairly often this month. What could save Park is if Trevor Plouffe (groin) needs a DL stint, although the initial indication is that it's more of a day-to-day injury. "I haven’t changed my opinion on the fact that I think his signing is going to, over time, prove to be a valid one," Molitor said of Park. "I think how he was able to start originally maybe raised a lot of people’s expectations on how fast his transition was going to be. It’s just been more where we’re kind of back to how we thought it might be."
Jun 24 - 8:44 AM

Glen Perkins' left labrum had to be re-attached to the bone during Thursday's surgery.

The operation was more extensive than hoped. Similar procedures have cost pitchers around eight months, although the Twins haven't revealed a timetable for Perkins yet. They're expected to provide more details Friday.
Jun 24 - 8:37 AM

Kevin Jepsen gave up three runs while getting just two outs Thursday against the Phillies.

Jepsen isn't making any progress in getting the closer gig back in Minnesota. Even with Glen Perkins out for the year, there wouldn't seem to be any reason to hold on to Jepsen in fantasy leagues.
Jun 23 - 4:52 PM

Byung-ho Park went 0-for-3 with a sac fly Thursday, lowering his June average to .153.

The Twins had the option of keeping Oswaldo Arcia and sending down Byung-ho Park last week, but they said they didn't even consider it. Park is batting just .200 for the year now. He does have 12 homers, but with 73 strikeouts in 205 at-bats, he's not helping right now.
Jun 23 - 4:48 PM


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