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Twinsights: What's the plan for Alex Meyer?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 20, 2014 at 02:41 PM

Asked in advance of Alex Meyer's 25th start for Triple-A Rochester about how his workload stacks up, here's what Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday night: "He’s right where he belongs. We can finish out the year with him. We had a plan with him and it’s worked as far as keeping him active. We got him out of there at a particular time in a game, which in a normal setting you don’t like t

Twinsights: Kohl Stewart leaves Cedar Rapids start with apparent injury
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 19, 2014 at 07:41 PM

Right-hander Kohl Stewart, the Twins’ second-ranked pitching prospect, left his start in the second inning on Tuesday night for Class A Cedar Rapids with an apparent injury. The fourth overall pick in 2013, Stewart had missed nearly four weeks with a shoulder impingement before returning to work four innings on August 13 at Beloit. He received a $4.54 million signing bonus. Stewart, 19, retired th

Twinsights: Japan all-star trip holds appeal to a trio of Twins
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 19, 2014 at 06:35 PM

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said he and teammates Phil Hughes and Glen Perkins expect to hear from the Major League Baseball Players Association by early September regarding their interest in playing on an all-star team set to tour Japan in mid-November. Dozier, who has never been to Japan, said he and wife Renee were interested in making the trip because they have yet to start a family. The

Twinsights: It was 'Check the ball' that got Gardenhire ejected
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 19, 2014 at 06:11 PM

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire insisted he never said any magic words to plate umpire Chris Segal on Monday night, earning his 72nd career regular-season managerial ejection. “ ‘Check the ball’ should not get you thrown out,” Gardenhire said. “There’s other things I’ve said, believe me, that deserve a pitch, but not that one. Everybody has a right to ask that -- except me.” Gardenhire was tossed in

Twinsights: Tom Kelly tutors Kennys Vargas on his defense
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 19, 2014 at 05:53 PM

Rookie slugger Kennys Vargas has had the pleasure of working with former Twins manager Tom Kelly numerous times as he worked his way up through the minor league chain. Tuesday afternoon, however, was the first time Kelly had tutored the mammoth first baseman in the major leagues. They spent about 20 minutes out in right field along with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and infield coaches Paul Molitor

Twinsights: September audition for Alex Meyer makes sense due to 40-man roster rules
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 19, 2014 at 04:23 PM

Prized right-hander Alex Meyer makes his 25th start of year for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, with a maximum of two additional starts remaining before the regular season ends on Sept. 1 With 117 2/3 innings under his belt, Meyer should end the minor-league year right around 135 innings. That would leave ample room for a September audition with the Twins should the Red Wings miss the Internation

Postgame Twinsights: Gardenhire ejected after umpire refused to check the ball
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

"Check the ball!" That's all Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wanted plate umpire Chris Segal to do in the first inning of Monday's 6-4 loss to Kansas City. Segal refused and opted to give Gardenhire his fifth ejection of the year instead, unofficially tying him with Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria for most in the majors this year. It was Gardenhire's 72nd career re

Twinsights: Byron Buxton's minor-league season likely over
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 18, 2014 at 09:11 PM

Twins super prospect Byron Buxton is almost certainly done for the season after a harrowing outfield collision last week at Double-A New Britain. “I’m not sure we’re going to mess with it,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday. Buxton is on the seven-day concussion disabled list and is still dealing with headaches and stiffness in his neck area, Ryan said. The 20-year-old center fielder tr

Twinsights: Gardy gives Fangraphs.com a shout-out
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 18, 2014 at 06:53 PM

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has jokingly called baseball’s modern analytics “cyber metrics” and made it clear he manages by gut instinct more than by spreadsheet. So it was more than a bit surprising to hear the 13th-year skipper drop a casual reference to Fangraphs.com, a stat-centric baseball web site, during Monday’s daily meeting with the media. In a discussion of Twins second baseman Brian D

Twinsights: Late-season appearance ruled out for Mike Pelfrey
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 18, 2014 at 05:59 PM

Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey, out since May 1 with groin and elbow injuries, has been ruled out from a return to the mound before the end of the season. He still hopes to throw his first bullpen around Sept. 3, but said, “No way in a game” when asked about a late-season appearance, even in relief. Signed through next season on a two-year, $11 million deal, Pelfrey has progressed to 105 feet in

Twinsights: Santana audition could hold down Escobar's salary in 2015
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

One side benefit of the Twins’ desire to evaluate rookie Danny Santana at shortstop over the season’s final six weeks could be a modest discount on Eduardo Escobar’s services for 2015. Almost certain to become a Super Two arbitration qualifier with two years and 128 days of service time by season’s end, Escobar is enjoying a breakout season at the plate after seizing the starting shortstop job in

Postgame Twinsights: Kids step in, 'start taking over'
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 17, 2014 at 07:41 PM

Kennys Vargas just keeps swinging. A career-high three hits in Sunday's 12-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals were impressive enough, but they also included a 403-foot blast over the out-of-town scoreboard in right center. That two-run shot gave the Canovanas Crusher -- who also drove in the Twins' first run with a first-inning single -- his fifth multiple-RBI output in just 15 big-league games. If

Twinsights: Trevor May tries to leave behind 'raging bull' act
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

If not for the June calf injury that cost him 28 days, Trevor May probably would have made his Target Field debut at the All-Star Futures Game on July 13. Instead, that milestone will come Monday night against the surging Kansas City Royals. “Hopefully he’ll be able to manage his emotions,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s overthrown the ball so far. He hasn’t located his fastball so far.

Twinsights: Jordan Schafer's bunting needs work
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Jordan Schafer’s speed already has proven to be a weapon on the bases, where he has been caught just twice in 23 stolen-base attempts this season. However, his bunting has been a bit of a disappointment. “He came over here telling us that’s part of his game, and it hasn’t looked pretty so far,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday. “Seems to me he barrels the ball really hard rather than (usin

Twinsights: Byron Buxton placed on seven-day concussion disabled list
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 14, 2014 at 07:23 PM

The Twins placed top prospect Byron Buxton on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Thursday, one day after an outfield collision with teammate Mike Kvasnicka for Double-A New Britain. Buxton, 20, was making his debut in the Eastern League when he was knocked unconscious for roughly 10 minutes in the fifth inning of a home game against the Bowie Baysox. Buxton, a center fielder,  was released

Twins minor leaguers Byron Buxton, Mike Kvasnicka taken to hospital after collision
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 13, 2014 at 08:23 PM

HOUSTON --Twins center-fielder prospect Byron Buxton was injured Wednesday night in an outfield collision while playing his first-ever game for Double-A New Britain. According to the Twitter account of Hartford Courant sports writer Dom Amore (@AmoreCourant), Buxton "was parallel to the ground" and "appeared to hit his left shoulder/neck" with the knee of right fielder Mike Kvasnicka. "A violent c

Twinsights: Severe ankle sprain could send Anthony Swarzak to disabled list
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 13, 2014 at 06:05 PM

HOUSTON --The Twins might have found a way to solve their roster crunch with Ricky Nolasco set to come off the disabled list and start Friday night against Kansas City. Veteran reliever Anthony Swarzak was in a bulky walking boot Sunday after suffering a severely sprained right ankle on the final pitch he threw in a three-batter appearance Saturday. X-rays were negative and Swarzak will be reevalu

Twinsights: Tommy Milone not concerned about possible service-time manipulation
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 13, 2014 at 02:59 PM

HOUSTON -- Had the Twins brought left-hander Tommy Milone directly to the major leagues after acquiring him on July 31, he stood to become a free agent after the 2017 season. By stashing him at Triple-A Rochester for one start, they potentially saved themselves millions by delaying Milone’s free agency until after 2018 at the earliest. Not that Milone is all that worked up about it. “It’s possible

Twinsights: Kurt Suzuki collects first part of potential $500,000 bonus package
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM

HOUSTON -- Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was left out of Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Houston Astros despite ranking second in the American League with a .356 batting average in day games. However, he remains on track to collect his maximum of $500,000 in performance bonuses atop the one-year, $2.75 million contract he signed in December. On Monday night against the Astros, Suzuki made his

Twinsights: Trevor May loses 10-pitch duel with former Class A teammate
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press August 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

HOUSTON –Three years ago, Trevor May and Jon Singleton were teammates on the Class A Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League. Singleton, a power-hitting first baseman, played 93 games that year for Clearwater before the Philadelphia Phillies traded him to the Houston Astros in a deal that landed Hunter Pence. May spent the whole 2011 season with Clearwater, continuing a career-long