Player News - Twins

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Twins general manager Thad Levine said Tuesday that the club is still mulling over surgery to address the stress reaction in Miguel Sano's right shin.

There's nothing to suggest that a decision is imminent, but the procedure would involve having a rod inserted. The rod would be permanent, but recovery time would be about eight weeks, so he would have plenty of time to get ready for spring training. We should get a better idea about Sano's status soon.
Oct 10 - 1:41 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that he's hopeful Miguel Sano will be his primary third baseman in 2018.

Molitor admitted that having him play 150 games there might be aggressive, so it's probably fair to expect him to get some rest days out of the DH spot. The 24-year-old appeared in just three games after August 19 due to a stress reaction in his right shin, but surgery isn't expected at the moment. Sano was very productive when healthy this season, batting .264/.352/.507 with 28 homers and 77 RBI over 114 games.
Oct 10 - 1:23 PM

Twins signed manager Paul Molitor to a three-year extension.

The deal was expected in recent days, but it's now official. Molitor's original three-year deal expired after the Twins lost the AL Wild Card game to the Yankees last week, but most expected he would be rewarded for an amazing and unexpected turnaround in which the club won 85 games. They lost 103 games in 2016. It wasn't too long ago that Molitor's future was a legitimate question under a revamped front office, but he's now under contract through 2020.
Oct 9 - 3:55 PM

Tests revealed "no fractures" to Byron Buxton's ribs after exiting last week's Wild Card Game.

The report from the team contradicts an earlier report that he cracked a rib after running into the outfield wall in the loss to the Yankees. With no fracture, Buxton should be able to have a normal offseason ahead of entering next spring with a starting spot in the Twins' outfield. Great news for all involved.
Oct 7 - 5:47 PM

Byron Buxton attempted to play through a cracked rib as the Twins fell to the Yankees in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

Buxton sustained the injury when he crashed into the outfield wall making a spectacular catch to rob Todd Frazier of extra bases. The Twins initially announced that he was removed from the game due to an upper back injury, but further testing confirmed the rib injury. With a full off-season to heal, he should be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training.
Oct 7 - 9:03 AM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins and manager Paul Molitor are progressing toward a multi-year contract extension.

The Twins surprised everyone with 85 victories this season after losing 103 games in 2016. Still, a long-term deal for Molitor hadn't seemed like a given since the current front office didn't hire him. But, it appears the Hall of Famer will stick around for a while.
Oct 6 - 11:35 AM

Kennys Vargas will consider making the move to Japan or Korea this winter.

"There’s pretty good money over there," Vargas told Mike Berardino. "Then I could come back here. I’m open for whatever life brings to me. Any opportunity, I have to take advantage of it." Vargas also considered Korea two years ago, but the Twins weren't ready to give him up then. He went on to post nice numbers in 47 major league games in 2016, but he slipped to .253/.314/.444 in 241 at-bats this year, leaving him at .252/.311/.437 in 783 at-bats over four seasons in Minnesota. Asia makes a whole lot of sense for him at this point.
Oct 5 - 7:18 PM

The Twins and Paul Molitor are expected to reach an agreement that would have him continue to manage the team in 2018.

Molitor's original three-year deal with the Twins expired at season's end. The Twins had a big year, winning 85 games before losing the AL Wild Card Game to the Yankees. Molitor got quite a bit of credit along the way, but there still appeared to be some skepticism in the revamped Twins front office over whether he was the right choice going forward.
Oct 5 - 7:01 PM

Byron Buxton is expected to undergo tests for his upper back injury.

Buxton was pulled from Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game loss to the Yankees a few innings after banging his back against the center field wall on a leaping catch in the bottom of the second. "It’s still pretty hard for me to breathe right now," he told reporters after the season-ending defeat. "Probably going to follow up with some tests and see what’s going on. It was very tough not being able to go out there and compete every pitch in such a big game." The hope, obviously, is that Buxton will be able to enjoy a normal offseason regimen. The 23-year-old carries full-on-breakout potential into 2018 after putting up 16 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 140 games this summer.
Oct 4 - 8:58 AM

Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a homer, a single, and a walk Tuesday in the Twins' AL Wild Card Game loss to the Yankees.

Dozier led off the game with a solo homer and Eddie Rosario added a two-run shot in that opening frame, but the Yankees answered right back with a three-run bottom of the first and went on to win the game 8-4. Dozier, 30, is due $9 million from Minnesota in 2018. He slashed .269/.357/.496 with 34 home runs, 93 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 106 runs scored over 152 games during the regular season.
Oct 4 - 12:11 AM

Ervin Santana yielded four earned runs over just two innings Tuesday in the Twins' AL Wild Card Game loss to the Yankees.

Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Santana gave it all back on a Didi Gregorius three-run shot in the bottom of the first. He then surrendered a go-ahead solo homer to Brett Gardner in the bottom of the second and Jose Berrios took over in the bottom of the third. Santana will be back with the Twins in 2018 for the final year of a four-year, $55 million deal. He registered a cool 3.28 ERA over 33 starts during the 2017 regular season.
Oct 4 - 12:07 AM

Byron Buxton left Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game due to upper back tightness.

Buxton went back-first into the center field wall at Yankee Stadium after making an acrobatic leaping catch on a long Todd Frazier fly ball in the bottom of the second inning and then came down hard on the warning track. Buxton hit for himself in the top of the third and stole second base after reaching on a fielder's choice, but replays showed him grimacing on the basepaths. Zack Granite took over for the ultra-talented 23-year-old to open the bottom of the fourth.
Oct 3 - 10:28 PM

Byron Buxton was removed from Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game due to an apparent injury.

Buxton banged hard against the center field wall while tracking down a long fly ball off the bat of Todd Frazier in the bottom of the second inning. He hit in the top of the third and reached on a fielder's choice, but Zack Granite took over in center field to begin the bottom of the fourth. Given the stakes of this loser-goes-home Wild Card tilt, it must be something pretty serious.
Oct 3 - 10:07 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that Miguel Sano is experiencing "persistent discomfort" in his left shin.

Sano had a bad day health-wise on Sunday, per Molitor, and then had trouble getting through indoor batting practice on Monday. That's why he has been left off the roster for Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium, and it sounds like the 24-year-old slugger might also be iffy for the ALDS if the Twins advance. Sano was diagnosed August 19 with a stress reaction in his shin.
Oct 3 - 5:51 PM

Robbie Grossman will start at designated hitter and bat ninth in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game against the Yankees.

It became inevitable after Miguel Sano (shin) was ruled out for the game. Grossman faded significantly in the second half, but he did put up a .795 OPS in 21 games after returning from a fractured thumb last month. The full lineup for Minnesota against Luis Severino: Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Jorge Polanco SS, Eddie Rosario LF, Eduardo Escobar 3B, Max Kepler RF, Byron Buxton CF, Jason Castro C, Robbie Grossman DH. Ervin Santana is the starting pitcher for the Twins.
Oct 3 - 3:46 PM


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