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Twinsights: Paul Molitor breaks down decision to summon Eddie Rosario
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 04, 2015 at 06:03 PM

Before deciding to give outfielder Eddie Rosario his first big-league audition, the Twins’ braintrust gave strong consideration to a pair of Rosario’s teammates at Triple-A Rochester: outfielder Aaron Hicks and catcher Josmil Pinto. Both, in fact, have been outproducing Rosario through the season’s first month, but the need for primarily a left fielder to replace the injured Oswaldo Arcia (straine

Twinsights: Oswaldo Arcia adds another injury to a long personal list
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 04, 2015 at 05:21 PM

For Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, this strained right hip flexor is yet another nagging injury that has forced him to the sidelines. In 2013, as a rookie, he missed time with a strained oblique (in spring training) as well as knee, wrist and shoulder issues. Last season, he landed on the disabled list four games into his season with a strained right wrist, eventually missing five weeks before be

Twinsights: Eddie Rosario earns first promotion to majors
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 04, 2015 at 03:03 PM

Triple-A Rochester outfielder Eddie Rosario has earned his first promotion to the Twins' big-league roster, a person with direct  knowledge said Monday afternoon. Rosario, 23, was hitting just .242 with a .280 on-base percentage through 95 at-bats for the Red Wings, but the Twins have injury concerns with two of their four full-time outfielders. Left fielder Oswaldo Arcia had to leave Sunday's gam

Twinsights: Danny Santana is making history with his refusal to walk
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 04, 2015 at 01:09 PM

Over the weekend, Twins general manager Terry Ryan was asked if it concerned him at all that shortstop Danny Santana was still looking for his first walk of the year. “He’s never been a big walk guy,” Ryan said, leaving it at that. As it turns out, Santana isn’t just eschewing the free pass, which is a big part of the reason he’s been dropped from the leadoff spot to ninth in the Twins’ batting or

Postgame Twinsights: Twins holding down Jose Abreu so far
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 03, 2015 at 07:09 PM

The Twins continued to limit Cuban slugger Jose Abreu, who finished fourth in MVP voting and won American League Rookie of the Year honors last season. Abreu hit .391 with a 1.157 combined on-base/slugging percentage against the Twins last season, when the White Sox went 9-10 against Minnesota. His 47 total bases against them were exceeded only by the 51 he piled up against the Detroit Tigers. Aga

Twinsights: Oswaldo Arcia leaves with hip irritation
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 03, 2015 at 04:03 PM

Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arcia was removed from Sunday’s game with irritation in his right hip. Arcia suffered the injury during a four-run Twins fourth while leaving the batter’s box on a single to right. He hobbled his way to first before being replaced by pinch runner Jordan Schafer. Arcia, who is day to day, reached safely in all three plate appearances while making a rare start against a le

Twinsights: Torii Hunter apologizes in wake of Mayweather comments
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 03, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Twins right fielder Torii Hunter apologized Sunday morning after causing a social-media firestorm with his Saturday night Twitter comments in support of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. “All I was saying is he’s a great fighter,” Hunter told the Pioneer Press. “I don’t agree with domestic violence. That’s stupid. That’s the dumbest thing ever. If I see somebody fight his wife or his girlfriend

Twinsights: 'Concentration factor' holding back Danny Santana in the field
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 02, 2015 at 03:15 PM

Two more “unforced errors” on Friday night, as Twins general manager Terry Ryan called them, left Danny Santana with eight on the season. That was second in the majors (all positions) to Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, entering Saturday’s play. “Those are the things we have got to clean up,” Ryan said of the Twins shortstop. “Eventually you know that’s going to get you and catch up to

Twinsights: Glen Perkins relying heavily on his fastball
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 02, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Twins closer Glen Perkins relied heavily on his 93-95 mph fastball again Friday night in securing his seventh save in as many chances this year. Of the 17 pitches Perkins threw in nailing down the final three outs, working around a pair of singles and a fielding error by Eduardo Escobar in left field, just one was a slider. Adam LaRoche, a left-handed batter, pulled that 82-mph offering sharply pa

Twinsights: Jordan Schafer's toe has been an issue for three weeks
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 02, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Jordan Schafer was back in center field for the Twins on Saturday after missing the past two games with a sprained ligament in his right knee. He has been wearing a light knee brace during pregame work but wasn’t sure if he would wear it in the game, something he has never done before. While Schafer had to leave Wednesday’s game after slipping on the base paths following a bunt single, his knee ha

Postgame Twinsights: Torii Hunter recounts latest brain-rattling collision
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 02, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Torii Hunter may be 2 1/2 months shy of his 40th birthday, but that didn't stop him from making a leaping catch at the wall in right to rob Conor Gillaspie of extra bases to start the fourth inning Friday night. Hitting the padded wall with the back of his right shoulder, Hunter said after this 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox that he "kind of jammed" his shoulder but should be fine. "I’m all ri

Twinsights: Paul Molitor entertains jug, pig in his office on Gophers night
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 01, 2015 at 08:15 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor had a couple of special visitors in his office before Friday’s game: The Little Brown Jug and Floyd of Rosedale. They were at Target Field as part of University of Minnesota Night. President Eric Kaler threw out the first pitch, and Goldy the Gopher was on hand as well. “I have a tremendous amount of allegiance to the university for the opportunities they presented me a

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco set for rotation return on Saturday
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 01, 2015 at 06:27 PM

Ricky Nolasco has nothing against the good people of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s just that, after making three combined rehab starts there since last August, the Twins right-hander would rather not visit again. “As much as it’s been good to me -- nice people down there; they treated me well -- I definitely don’t ever want to go back,” Nolasco said Friday. “That’s for sure.” Nolasco makes his return t

Twinsights: 'Hughes the Force' promotion will feature namesake after all
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 01, 2015 at 06:15 PM

Twins right-hander Phil Hughes was able to throw his normal side session on Friday, two days after leaving his last start with a strained left hip flexor. Hughes assured Twins manager Paul Molitor that he “aired it out” and was fine to make Monday’s scheduled start against the Oakland A’s. “Whatever happened happened that day (Wednesday), and it was real enough to have to do something about it,” M

Twinsights: Tim Stauffer placed on DL, Ryan Pressly recalled
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press May 01, 2015 at 02:45 PM

Twins right-hander Tim Stauffer was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right intercostal muscle and fellow righty Ryan Pressly was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Stauffer, 32, was signed this offseason as a free agent after spending his entire career in the San Diego Padres organization. Signed for $2.2 million on a one-year deal, Stauffer has struggled to an 8.38 earned

Postgame Twinsights: Little things help lift Twins past White Sox
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 30, 2015 at 11:57 PM

After giving up seven unanswered runs to the Detroit Tigers in an ugly 10-7 loss on Wednesday afternoon, the Twins needed to come out swinging on Thursday night. They did. Joe Mauer worked his way out of an 0-2 hole to dump a full-count changeup from White Sox ace Chris Sale into left field for the game's first run in the opening inning. Torii Hunter got a great read on the dying quail to score ea

Twinsights: Terry Ryan 'disappointed' by Adrian Salcedo's PED suspension
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 30, 2015 at 08:45 PM

When Double-A Chattanooga right-hander Adrian Salcedo was hit with an 80-game suspension Wednesday after testing positive for both a performance-enhancing drug and a banned stimulant, it marked the Twins’ 16th PED suspension since 2005. It also came 26 days after Ervin Santana, also from the Dominican Republic, drew an 80-game steroid suspension of his own. “Obviously, it’s under my umbrella. I am

Twinsights: Brian Duensing passes test, eyes Saturday return
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 30, 2015 at 05:51 PM

Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing (right intercostal) remains on track to come off the 15-day disabled list Saturday after throwing a two-inning, 30-pitch simulated game on Thursday afternoon. “The ball was coming out really well,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Outfielder Jordan Schafer wasn’t in the lineup against White Sox lefty Chris Sale but was available off the bench despite suffering a

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco to start Saturday in return from DL stint
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 30, 2015 at 05:09 PM

At long last, the Ricky Nolasco Plan has been revealed. The Twins’ No. 2 starter will come off the disabled list Saturday and face the Chicago White Sox in his first big-league start since April 8. Nolasco, who had been out with an inflamed throwing elbow, came through Sunday’s 67-pitch rehab outing at Class A Cedar Rapids with no issues. He also threw a bullpen on Tuesday with no problems. “After

Twinsights: Casey Fien placed on DL, Michael Tonkin recalled
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press April 30, 2015 at 01:09 PM

As expected, the Twins placed right-hander Casey Fien on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained throwing shoulder. Fellow righty Michael Tonkin was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Fien's place. Fien was removed from Wednesday’s 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning, shortly after allowing a long two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera. Afterward, Twins manager Paul Molito