Player News - Twins

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Ervin Santana (back) played catch and worked on his mechanics Saturday.

He's expected to follow the same routine Sunday before throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. Santana is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday against the White Sox. That might be a tad optimistic but Santana seems to be moving in the right direction.
Apr 30 - 6:02 PM

Byung-ho Park clubbed his sixth home run of the season on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Tigers.

Park's fourth inning blast off of Jordan Zimmermann wound up being the club's only offense in the contest. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting .227/.288/.561 with a team-leading six homers and eight RBI on the year.
Apr 30 - 5:05 PM

Tyler Duffey pitched well in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Duffey punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. The lone mistake that he made in the ballgame came in the first inning where he served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton. Duffey now boasts a 1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings. He has certainly shown enough to earn another start, which would come on Friday against the White Sox in Chicago.
Apr 30 - 5:05 PM

Oswaldo Arcia is not in the Twins starting lineup against the Tigers on Saturday.

He'll grab a breather against tough opposing right-hander Jordan Zimmerman. The slumping Eddie Rosario will start in left field and hit eighth for the Twins on Saturday.
Apr 30 - 11:26 AM

Byung-ho Park had a rough day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

It has been a struggle at the dish in the early going for the Korean import, slashing just .226/.290/.532 with five homers, seven RBI and a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 69 plate appearances. The power appears to be legit, but he'll need to make more consistent contact in order to be a real factor in fantasy leagues.
Apr 29 - 11:23 PM

Phil Hughes struggled in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five frames.

The veteran right-hander walked two and struck out two on the night. The Tigers jumped on him early in this one, pushing three runs across in the top half of the first inning. Hughes' nemesis Miguel Cabrera then added a solo shot in the fifth inning to complete the damage against him. He'll carry a 1-4 record, 4.45 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Astros in Houston.
Apr 29 - 11:20 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that there have been no indications that Glen Perkins (shoulder) is close to resuming a throwing program.

When Perkins went on the disabled list a couple weeks ago, the Twins expressed hope that he could be ready to return when he's eligible or shortly after. Obviously that turned out to be wishful thinking. Perkins has felt improvement with his left shoulder, but obviously he's a ways away from a return. Kevin Jepsen will continue to close while Perkins is out.
Apr 29 - 5:43 PM

Ervin Santana (back) will throw on flat ground Saturday.

It will be the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The hope is that Santana won't be on the DL long, although obviously he's not terribly close to a return.
Apr 29 - 5:40 PM

Alex Meyer will make his first major league start on Tuesday in Houston.

He's replacing Tommy Milone in the rotation. Meyer has started and relieved since the beginning of last season, putting up a 1.04 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings at Triple-A Rochester in 2016. He has major control issues but also a big arm, so it will be interesting to see how he fares. He's worth a shot if you're in a deep league.
Apr 29 - 5:33 PM

Tommy Milone has been moved to the Twins' bullpen.

There had been whispers of him having a start skipped, but apparently he'll be removed from the rotation altogether. Milone has posted a 5.40 ERA over five starts this season. Ricky Nolasco will move up to start Sunday and Alex Meyer will replace Milone in the rotation.
Apr 29 - 5:28 PM

Tommy Milone could have his next turn in the rotation skipped.

Milone's spot comes up Sunday, but the Twins could start Ricky Nolasco on regular rest or possibly go with Alex Meyer. The left-hander holds a 5.40 ERA in his five starts and his time in the Twins' rotation might come to a close soon.
Apr 29 - 4:55 PM

Reynaldo Rodriguez has been suspended 80 games for a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol.

Yet another Stanozolol suspension. Rodriguez, 29, was batting just .234/.290/.328 in 69 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Rochester. He has not appeared in a major league game and probably never will.
Apr 28 - 1:11 PM

Trevor Plouffe (intercostal) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers this weekend.

Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain in mid-April. He has faced no setbacks in his recovery, though, and will be eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. The Twins open next week with a series against the Astros.
Apr 27 - 8:05 PM

Twins signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

Albers has had himself quite the baseball journey. He was selected by the Padres in the 10th round of the 2008 amateur draft and would eventually find his way to the Twins system. In 2013, he started 10 games for the Twinkies and held a 4.05 ERA and 25/7 K/BB ratio across 60 innings. Albers spent the 2014 season in the Korea Baseball Organization before earning another major league shot with the Blue Jays in 2015. Now back with the Twins, he will serve as minor league depth until they need an extra arm.
Apr 27 - 4:52 PM

Twins LHP prospect Stephen Gonsalves spun six shutout frames Tuesday in a win for High-A Fort Myers.

He held Jupiter to two hits as the Miracle rolled to a 9-1 victory. Gonsalves has been thoroughly unstoppable this year, allowing just one run over his last 24 innings. Opponents have hit just .141 against him with 24 strikeouts in 85 at-bats. The 21-year-old ranks eighth in the Florida State League in WHIP (0.72) and 10th in ERA (1.44).
Source: MILB.com
Apr 27 - 2:29 PM


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