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Joe Mauer has revealed that he's occasionally dealt with blurred vision since his concussion issues in 2013.

Mauer noted that bright sunshine has sometimes triggered the blurred vision, which he said, not surprisingly, has affected his pitch tracking. He'll experiment during spring training with sunglasses in hopes that it will help the issue. "I’ve always been kind of weird about my routine when it comes to stepping into the (batter’s) box, but it’s something I’ll give a shot this spring and see if it helps," Mauer said. Mauer's concussion issues forced him to move to first base and it seems obvious that it's also affected his production at the plate, as he's hit .270/.348/.376 the last two seasons after entering 2013 with a career .323/.405/.468 line.
Feb 12 - 3:56 PM

Ryan Pressly (lat) won't be limited in spring training.

Pressly missed the entire second half with a strained lat. He resumed throwing in December and has already arrived at the Twins' spring training facility in Fort Myers. "After getting shut down, the main goal was just getting into the offseason healthy," said Pressly. "But the lat is feeling really good, so if I can come back and still be in the upper 90s, that'd be nice." He'll be battling for a job in the Twins' bullpen.
Source: twins.com
Feb 11 - 3:42 PM

The Red Sox are considering free agent LHPs Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox are looking to replace lefty specialist Craig Breslow. Morales has history with Boston having pitched there from 2011-2013. Cotts is five years older than Morales but he was downright dominant against lefties last year, limiting them to a .186 average in 98 at-bats. Morales comes with the added benefit of starting experience (47 career starts) and could fill in as a spot starter if needed.
Feb 11 - 11:07 AM

Twins signed OF/DH Carlos Quentin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Quentin announced his retirement last May, but it was reported back in November that he was attempting a comeback. The 33-year-old has dealt with all sorts of injuries in recent years and hasn't appeared in the majors since July 26, 2014, so expectations should be low. Even if he does show something in the spring, the Twins might not have room for him on the Opening Day roster.
Feb 2 - 12:27 PM

Twins GM Terry Ryan confirmed Joe Mauer is unlikely to ever catch again.

"If he took the wrong type of foul tip off that mask and all of a sudden he got knocked silly, I couldn’t forgive myself," said Ryan. "There’s no ideas, there’s no thoughts, there’s no medical advice where we should put him back there, so we’re not going to." Ryan lamented that Mauer may have been a Hall-of-Famer had he stayed behind the plate but "it just wasn’t meant to be." Mauer moved to first base full-time in 2014.
Jan 30 - 5:06 PM

Ricky Nolasco intends to win a spot in the Twins' starting rotation.

Nolasco missed almost four months last year after undergoing ankle surgery and was used out of the bullpen when he returned in late September. Obviously Nolasco wants to prove he belongs in the starting rotation. The Twins probably want that as well after committing $49 million to Nolasco in 2013. The right-hander posted an ugly 6.75 ERA in nine outings last season.
Jan 30 - 4:53 PM

Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports that Twins reliever J.R. Graham has accidentally dropped 30 pounds over the offseason.

All Graham has done is stop eating pizza and drinking alcohol while starting to eat breakfast. The healthier choices have dropped his weight from around 200 pounds all the way down to 170. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a disappointing 4.95 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 63 2/3 innings in his rookie campaign in 2015. He'll compete for a spot in the Twins bullpen this spring.
Jan 30 - 1:49 AM

Glen Perkins said Friday that he has had no lingering issues with his back or neck and will enter spring training fully healthy.

The veteran southpaw has already been playing long toss in Florida as he prepares for the 2016 campaign. He has also been extremely encouraged his rehab and workouts with a core specialist. The 32-year-old posted a 3.32 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 54/10 K/BB ratio over 57 frames while recording 32 saves in 2015.
Jan 29 - 6:27 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday that Danny Santana will move back to the outfield this season.

Santana made 65 starts at shortstop and just three starts in the outfield last season, but with Eduardo Escobar now entrenched at shortstop, Santana is headed back to the outfield. Unless Byron Buxton flops badly and/or Miguel Sano proves incapable of handling the outfield, Santana doesn't figure to see a ton of playing time in 2016.
Jan 29 - 1:38 PM

Twins sent LHP Logan Darnell outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Darnell cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last Friday. He'll try to make the team out of spring training. Darnell posted a 2.78 ERA in 77 2/3 IP for Triple-A Rochester last season. He was less successful at the major league level, finishing with a 7.13 ERA across seven appearances.
Jan 28 - 1:34 PM

The Twins did not discuss a long-term deal with Trevor Plouffe during the arbitration process.

Plouffe has two years left on his contract so there's still plenty of time to hash out a deal. The 29-year-old set career-highs with 86 RBI and 140 hits last season but it's unclear if his future is in Minnesota. For now, Plouffe will stay at the hot corner with top prospect Miguel Sano penciled in at right field.
Jan 28 - 9:57 AM

Twins minor league OF Rowan Ebersohn will play for South Africa in the World Baseball Classic qualifier.

The qualifier will take place in Sydney from February 11-14. In his first season with the Twins, Ebersohn, 19, recorded 16 hits in 83 at-bats over 27 games in the GCL. He's a long ways off from the bigs, but the WBC qualifier should be nice seasoning if nothing else.
Jan 27 - 7:05 PM

Twins and 3B Trevor Plouffe avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million contract.

Plouffe requested $7.95 million and was offered $7 million when arbitration figures were exchanged 10 days ago. He and his agent clearly bent a little more than the Twins front office, but the two parties were able to find a middle ground and avoid a February hearing. Plouffe, 29, batted .244/.307/.435 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI in 152 games last season for Minnesota. He'll open the 2016 campaign as the Twins' starter at third base.
Jan 25 - 12:01 PM

Twins and RHP Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3125 million contract.

They wound up settling a bit below the $5.4 million that Jepsen requested via arbitration last week. The setup man posted a 2.33 ERA and 59/27 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 relief innings between the Rays and Twins last season.
Jan 22 - 3:24 PM

Twins designated LHP Logan Darnell for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Michael Strong. Darnell holds a 7.13 ERA over 24 innings at the major league level.
Jan 22 - 3:17 PM


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