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Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is expected to return to the Twins rotation on August 15 against the Royals.

That is provided the veteran right-hander can avoid any setbacks on his minor league rehab assignment. He has been on the shelf since early July due to flexor pronator stiffness, and owned an ineffective 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 103 2/3 innings before he was shut down.
Aug 1 - 8:07 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment at Low-A Cedar Rapids next week.

It's not clear which day he'll make his first rehab start, but Nolasco will need two outings before rejoining the Twins' rotation. Nolasco has been out since early July with flexor pronator stiffness but has progressed well recently.
Aug 1 - 5:35 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment next week at Low-A Cedar Rapids.

It's not clear which day the assignment will begin. Mauer took batting practice on the field without incident Wednesday and is nearly ready for game action. He could be ready for activation by the end of next week if all goes well.
Aug 1 - 5:33 PM

Brian Dozier is back in the Twins' lineup Friday.

Dozier missed Thursday's contest due to a swollen left thumb, but it was never a real concern. He's batting .234/.330/.421 with 19 homers, 48 RBI and 17 stolen bases for the Twins this season.
Aug 1 - 4:58 PM

Danny Santana led off Thursday's game with a home run and later walked, but the Twins fell to the Royals on Thursday.

Santana greeted Royals starter Ervin Santana coldly, taking him out to right field to begin the ballgame. The outfielder has been productive at the plate since rejoining the team to begin the second half, having hit six extra-base hits in his last 53 plate appearances. Overall, he's slashing .313/.347/.467 with four home runs, 22 RBI, and six stolen bases.
Jul 31 - 11:26 PM

Kevin Correia turned in a quality outing against the Royals, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings, but went home with a no-decision as the Twins lost on Thursday.

Last Friday's outing aside, Correia has made great strides lowering his ERA and that continued on Thursday. The right-hander allowed only five hits without issuing a walk while striking out four. His ERA now sits at 4.89 along with a 1.48 WHIP and a 58/31 K/BB ratio. Correia will face the Padres at home next Wednesday.
Jul 31 - 11:23 PM

Brian Dozier is not in Thursday's lineup due to a swollen left thumb.

Dozier jammed the thumb while sliding into third base during Wednesday's game. The good news is that he planned to take batting practice before Thursday's contest and be available off the bench, so he should return to the lineup over the weekend. Eduardo Escobar is at second base Thursday.
Jul 31 - 6:25 PM

Twins signed C Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.

There's also a vesting option for 2017 based on plate appearances. The Twins had an opportunity to sell high on Suzuki during an All-Star season, but they decided to lock him up long-term instead. That means Josmil Pinto isn't going to take over at catcher in Minnesota anytime soon.
Jul 31 - 4:27 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have reengaged Kurt Suzuki about an extension.

The initial round of talks didn't get very far, but Rosenthal is now hearing that there's a "reasonable chance it gets done." Suzuki is having a career year offensively at age 30, batting .304/.367/.386 in 347 plate appearances. He signed a bargain one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last winter.
Jul 31 - 11:56 AM

Twins recalled 1B Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain.

Vargas, 23, was batting .281/.360/.472 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI in 97 games this season at the Double-A level. He could see regular starts at DH but is doubtful to hold fantasy value outside of AL-only leagues.
Jul 31 - 11:09 AM

Twins acquired LHP Tommy Milone from the Athletics for OF Sam Fuld; assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

Milone was pushed even further down the A's rotation depth chart with Thursday's Jon Lester trade. He'll get new life in Minnesota, which is almost as pitcher-friendly as Oakland. The 27-year-old left-hander had a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 61/26 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings this season with the Athletics. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. It's a decent get for the Twins.
Jul 31 - 10:56 AM

Trevor Plouffe went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday and is hitting .190 in 42 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Plouffe hasn't really been any good since April. The Twins aren't going to replace him during the season, but he'll be a candidate to be non-tendered this winter if he doesn't step it up.
Jul 30 - 11:43 PM

A source tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it appears Josh Willingham is "staying put" with the Twins through the trade deadline.

Berardino also notes that a deal during the August waiver trading period is still a possibility. The outfielder is hitting .225/.367/.439 this year. A report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick earlier Wednesday said the club is hopeful to move Willingham this season.
Jul 30 - 10:37 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press believes Brian Duensing could draw some trade inquiries before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Duensing owns a 2.27 ERA and 1.19 WHIP as a reliever this season, and in a market where lefties Andrew Miller and Antonio Bastardo are drawing interest Berardino views Duensing as a trade candidate as well. He also reports the Twins haven't approached Duensing about a long-term deal. Duensing, 31, will be a free agent following the 2015 season.
Jul 30 - 7:49 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) took batting practice on the field without incident Wednesday.

Mauer is slowly but surely recovering from an oblique strain that's kept him out since July 2. He'll likely need a short rehab assignment before being activated, but the 31-year-old appears on track for a return in the first few weeks of August.
Jul 30 - 6:57 PM


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