Player News - Twins

Date: Team: Pos:

Twins optioned C John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Rochester.

Chris Gimenez will back up Jason Castro to open the year. Murphy, 25, posted a brutal .146/.193/.220 batting line in 90 plate appearances last season at the major league level.
Mar 30 - 10:01 AM

Twins placed LHP Ryan O'Rourke on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

O'Rourke was diagnosed last week with a flexor mass strain in his throwing elbow. The southpaw is likely to miss most of April.
Mar 30 - 9:58 AM

Twins placed INF Ehire Adrianza on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Adrianza suffered the oblique strain last weekend in a Grapefruit League game and figures to miss about two weeks of regular-season action. The 27-year-old infielder carries no fantasy relevance as a .220/.292/.313 career hitter.
Mar 30 - 9:56 AM

Adalberto Mejia will open the 2017 regular season as the Twins' fifth starter.

Mejia secured the job with a 1.88 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings this spring. The 23-year-old right-hander might carry some value in AL-only fantasy leagues, but mixed leaguers can probably do better.
Mar 30 - 9:30 AM

Twins reassigned OF J.B. Shuck to minor league camp.

Shuck was in Twins camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract after batting just .205/.248/.299 across 241 plate appearances last season with the White Sox. The 29-year-old will function as organizational outfield depth for Minnesota.
Mar 30 - 9:11 AM

Twins reassigned 1B/DH ByungHo Park to minor league camp.

Park did everything in his power to make the Opening Day roster this spring, batting .353 with a 1.159 OPS and six home runs over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play. For reasons that aren't quite clear, the Twins will head north without their best DH option.
Mar 30 - 9:04 AM

Kennys Vargas (foot) went 0-for-3 in minor league action on Wednesday.

After taking his hacks, Vargas indicated that there had been no increase of swelling in his injured left foot and that he felt good. The 26-year-old initially suffered the injury after fouling a ball off his hoof on March 24. His availability for Opening Day has not yet been determined, but that should clarify relatively soon.
Mar 29 - 4:24 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor expressed confidence that Robbie Grossman (groin) will be ready for Opening Day.

Grossman has been working his way back from a groin injury suffered in mid-March. He went through a full workout on Monday and will serve as designated hitter in Grapefruit League action on Thursday. Unless word surfaces to the contrary, he should be available when the Twins take on the Royals in their regular-season opener on Monday.
Mar 29 - 4:17 PM

ByungHo Park had a two-run homer and an RBI groundout to lead the Twins past the Red Sox 5-3 on Wednesday.

Park is leaving nothing to chance; he's up to six homers and an 1.159 spring OPS now. The Twins will likely officially re-add him to their 40-man roster tomorrow or Friday. Then it will just be a matter of where he hits in Monday's opener.
Mar 29 - 4:06 PM

Twins signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

Clemens was released by the Padres last week and quickly found a new opportunity. The 29-year-old owns a 4.89 ERA across 66 appearances -- 19 starts -- in the majors and figures to get a shot with the Twins at some point.
Mar 29 - 3:18 PM

Ehire Adrianza (oblique) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

As expected. Adrianza, who was claimed off waivers from the Brewers in February, suffered a right oblique strain during Saturday's game. It's a tricky injury, so he's going to need some downtime.
Mar 29 - 1:17 PM

Rule 5 pick Justin Haley has secured a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster.

Haley was acquired from the Angels in December after being selected from the Red Sox in December's Rule 5 Draft. The 25-year-old posted a 4.96 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings this spring. Barring injury, the right-hander will have to stay on the active roster all season or be offered back to his original club. Twins manager Paul Molitor also confirmed Wednesday that Michael Tonkin will be in the Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 29 - 12:14 PM

Twins reassigned RHP Nick Tepesch to minor league camp.

Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that this means Michael Tonkin and Justin Haley are both likely to make the Opening Day roster. Tepesch, a non-roster invitee, compiled a 4.41 ERA and 9/9 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 29 - 9:36 AM

Twins reassigned RHP Alex Wimmers to minor league camp.

Wimmers allowed two runs over nine innings with an 8/4 K/BB ratio this spring as a non-roster player. The 2010 first-round pick made the full-time move to the bullpen last year and posted a 4.15 ERA over 16 appearances during his first taste of the bigs. He could earn his way back this year.
Mar 29 - 9:28 AM

ByungHo Park walked and homered for the only run of the game as the Twins beat the Rays 1-0 on Tuesday.

Park has won a starting job by hitting .362 with five homers and an 1.149 OPS this spring. What he hasn't done is convince Paul Molitor he deserves to bat in the middle of the order; he hit seventh in this one and might stay there when the games start to count. If he keeps it up, he'll have to get a look in the fourth or fifth spot eventually.
Mar 28 - 4:20 PM


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